Plans for 650 homes, shops and school north of Stamford
Plans for 650 homes have been drawn up for farmland and a quarry north of Stamford.
The proposal by Bourne-based developer Larkfleet Homes sets out a scheme for land to the west of the Casterton Road BP garage and to the north of Belvoir Close, Ross Drive, Collins Avenue and Jackson Way.
If approved, the new estate could include a country park and a ‘local centre’ with buildings allocated for shops, offices, restaurants and bars.
The 650-home development plan may eventually become part of a ribbon of development running across the north of Stamford, which would include a further 1300 homes, a new primary school and an extension of the secondary school, Stamford Welland Academy.
Running through the proposed new developments is a new east-west main road, which would eventually link Casterton Road with Ryhall Road at the Borderville sports centre.
David Morris, senior land manager for Larkfleet Homes, said: “The Quarry Farm site is a sustainable location because it’s well removed from Stamford’s rich conservation core and Burghley House.
“It’s also been identified by South Kesteven District Council as development land.
“We’re in the early stages, and our next step is to submit an outline planning application, but we can say that we’ll be looking to build a range of one-bedroom through to five-bedroom homes for people who could be first-time buyers through to growing families.
“We would also provide housing for elderly people and some affordable
“In terms of jobs, a project of this scale will require a lot of construction workers, which should bring some economic benefits to the area.
“There would also be jobs associated with the new primary school, shops and community and commercial units that are proposed.
“An additional, unique aspect to this development is that we’re looking to include a country park, which we see as attracting visitors from existing areas of Stamford as well as from the new homes.
“We are looking to consult with local people about what they would like the country park to look like - whether it provides walks, cycle routes or provision for other recreational activities.”
Mr Morris added that a public consultation on the entire plan was likely to take place in Stamford and Great Casterton this summer, and that Larkfleet hoped to start selling homes on the Quarry Farm site by the summer of 2021.
All aspects of the plans for north Stamford have been outlined on the South Kesteven Local Plan, which covers a time period up to 2036.
The Local Plan was submitted to the Government’s planning inspectorate for scrutiny in January 2019 and could be adopted by the district council later this year if it’s approved.
A spokesman for South Kesteven District Council said: “This is not a planning application made to South Kesteven District Council (SKDC). The appropriate planning authority is Rutland County
“Residents should write to Rutland County Council with their comments as the local planning authority responsible for responding to the developer’s request for a scoping opinion.
“The role of SKDC is as a consultee. We will advise on any likely cross-boundary environmental effects and will take account of any views we receive from our residents.”