Homes on ‘green lung’ in Stamford are refused

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Plans for two houses on open land within a housing development have been refused - thanks to residents “working as a community”.

The Jelson Homes’ application was one of five similar proposals submitted to South Kesteven District Council.

All sought to build two and three bedroom properties on land that was left as open space when the original developments were built.

Last month the applications for Caithness Road, Ayre Close, Casterton Road and Aberdeen Close were rejected.

On Tuesday, the planning committee threw out the Melrose Close plans, even though planning officers had recommended it be approved.

Gareth Bramley, chairman of the community group that was set up to fight proposals for Ayr Close and Melrose Close, said their success was testament to what a community can do if they come together.

He and two other residents Lisa Hiblin and Neil Sutton put their case to the committee. Mr Bramley, who lives in Ayr Close said: “We argued that the community wanted it to remain open space and pointed out that although it is not used extensively used, it is the green lung with trees on it and we wanted to keep it.

“I think we’ve proved that if we work as a community, plan and put forward sensible arguments we can win.”

The council received 33 letters of objection.

The application was rejected by councillors despite officers concluding that the proposed development “will not significantly detract from the general character of the area” or be unacceptable loss of public open space.