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Residents slam plans for up to 115 homes in village near Stamford

Villagers are condemning plans for up to 115 homes on the western edge of Easton-on-the-Hill, near Stamford.

They say the scheme just to the north of Stamford Road will increase the village by a fifth, noting it currently has just 550 homes and a population of 1,500.

One villager said: “Very excessive compared with the size of the village.”

The proposaed site with nearby bungalows in the background. (13344670)
The proposaed site with nearby bungalows in the background. (13344670)

Residents also complained the proposal for the 4.56-hectare site would be twice the density of the nearby 1960s housing estate.

Other concerns were that the scheme would add more than 150 vehicles onto an already busy A43.

Furthermore, residents believed sewerage schemes may not be able to cope with them already suffering blockages.

The outline application from planning agents Johnson Mowat Planning Ltd of Leeds concerns an arable field currently owned or tenanted by Timothy Robert Beaver of Church Farm, Duddington.

The application says the scheme would be high quality and sustainable, with 40 per cent of the homes classed as affordable.

The current site is not of high environmental value and the loss of the farm land would not be significant.

“There are opportunities, through development, to improve the environmental conditions of the area. The loss of habitat would not be significant and biodiversity gains can be readily achieved.”

There would also be new open space, including a new children’s play area.

The scheme would help local housing supply, with the applicant claiming a five-year housing supply does not exist in the area.

The homes would also boost spending in the village and supporting its businesses.

East Northamptonshire District Council is handling the application.

South Kesteven District Council has said to the council it has no objection to the application.

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