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St Martin's Park in Stamford looks likely to be approved by South Kesteven District Council on former Cummins factory site

South Kesteven District Council will look to approve its plans for a major new development in Stamford next week (Wednesday, March 17).

The authority’s planning committee will be asked to give the go ahead to the St Martin’s Park proposals for the former Cummins Site, which include 190 homes, a retirement village of a further 150 homes and a series of business units.

The factory site off Barnack Road, which will be demolished, is owned by South Kesteven District Council which is working with Burghley Estates, owners of the greenfield land next door. The district council provided six hectares of land, including the former Cummins factory which it bought for £7.5m, and Burghley eight hectares. They are sharing the costs and the proceeds of the development equally.

St Martin's Park artist's design (45004425)
St Martin's Park artist's design (45004425)

The application also includes a convenience store and cafe, as well as public open space and improved cycle and pedestrian access to parkland to the south of the site.

In a report before councillors officers said: “The site offers a sustainable location, together with measures to improve sustainable movement to and from the site.

“It is clear that these are significant potential economic benefits which could come from the development.”

The layout of St Martin's Park (45004427)
The layout of St Martin's Park (45004427)

It is hoped around 825 jobs could be created by the development and that more than £2.8 million a year would be brought in by resident expenditure, business rates, council tax and a New Homes Bonus over at least the next four years.

The Cummins diesel generator manufacturing plant closed in 2018 and has been vacant ever since. South Kesteven District Council purchased the site in 2019. At the time, between 350-500 jobs were lost as a result.

More than 33 objections have been received about the plans, as well as further concerns from the Stamford Bypass Group and the Stukeley Court Residents Association.

Leader of South Kesteven District Council Kelham Cooke and Miranda Rock from Burghley Estates
Leader of South Kesteven District Council Kelham Cooke and Miranda Rock from Burghley Estates

Officers say there was “significant support” for the principle of the redevelopment, but there was “widespread concern at developing the field to the east”.

Objectors say the plans will cause further strain on local infrastructure including an increase in traffic, which the St Martin's Residents Group is concerned about.

Officers’ transport assessments however, have concluded that the development “would constitute a net reduction in vehicle movements to and from the site”.

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