Permission has been given by South Kesteven District Council to demolish buildings and construct eight houses at Marshall’s Yard, St Paul’s Street, despite strong objection from Stamford Town Council.
On Tuesday the council’s development control committee approved the application by Burghley Developments, subject to conditions and agreement over its contribution to affordable housing.
The buildings to be demolished at the brownfield site include a car wash, stove and cycle shop, and garages.
The application had received strong objection from Stamford Town Council which described it as an ‘overdevelopment of the site’.
In the application report presented to the district council, the town council said the height and scale of the design would be “oppressive” and would impact on neighbours.
The town council was also concerned that there would be a “serious impact” on traffic in an “already very busy street”.
Speaking at the meeting on behalf of Burghley Developments was architect Simon Harris. He said: “We are aware that Stamford Town Council has raised objections. However we have received no objections from residents or Stamford School.”
The school occupies a number of buildings on the north side of the site.
Mr Harris also highlighted how the eight new homes have been designed to fit in with the Georgian style, and that they plan to use Stamford stone and Collyweston slate from the demolished properties in the new homes.
The design was praised by members of the planning committee, including Coun Helen Powell (Lincs Ind) who said: “It is a real credit to the architects. It will portray the beauty of the Stamford buildings.”
The applicants had offered to pay £192,000 towards affordable housing as part of the required section 106 agreement. However following an independent review, the district valuer has indicated they should be able to pay £291,200.
Subject to conditions, the application was approved with 12 councillors voting in favour, one abstention, and none against.
A vote on whether to introduce a condition for traffic calming measures on the site was defeated.