Plans for shops and flats in Broad Street in Stamford approved

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THE second phase of plans to improve a town centre street have got the go-ahead.

Hereward Homes was granted permission to build new shops and four flats at 24 Broad Street, Stamford, by South Kesteven District Council on Tuesday.

The existing shop and warehouse on the site will be knocked down.

The Empingham-based developer is already building Star Lane Mews – a house, two flats and two shops on the adjoining Star Lane – and hopes the two sites will make the area more attractive.

Owner Jon Gibbison said: “It’s a relief to get permission.

“It will be nice to enhance that part of Stamford, which has been looking untidy for some time.

“We are getting plenty of positive responses about the current development but we want to wait until that is finished before starting on the second.

“We have had inquiries but people want to see the site further advanced with the scaffolding off.

“It will be very good quality. It’s going to be an attractive development and it should help us gauge interest for the next phase.”

Work on the Star Lane site should finish by the end of October, with building on Broad Street starting early next year.

The shop and warehouse set for demolition are not currently being rented, although wedding dress shop Matchmaker of Stamford uses the window displays.