PLANS for 400 homes and a 25-acre business park in Stamford have moved forward after the developer submitted an outline application.
Commercial Estates Group has submitted the application to develop the 70-acre site between Tinwell Road and Empingham Road to South Kesteven District Council this week.
As well as the homes, which will be mainly two-storey family homes with gardens, there will also be community facilities including shops and 14 acres of open spaces and parks.
The developer is also exploring the possibility of providing medical facilities and is liaising with doctors and dentists in the area to see if there is a need.
Commercial Estates Group’s planning and development manager Jon Allen said: “The proposal will deliver attractive family homes, office space and much-needed community facilities in the west of Stamford including healthcare provision, neighbourhood shops and employment space.
“It will also open up large areas of new parks and leisure space to benefit existing as well as future residents.”
Commercial Estates Group also hopes to improve the roads around the site and provide a pedestrian crossing on Empingham Road outside Malcolm Sargent Primary School.
There will also be hedges and trees to separate the site from the existing housing surrounding it, so people’s views are protected.
The business park will provide mainly office space with the potential for a hotel, gym and restaurant.
Mr Allen said it was “positive” that the district council had already backed the business park aspect of the scheme by including it in its economic development strategy for 2012 to 2016.
Mr Allen said: “It recognises that the scheme is mixed use and is trying to provide for the undoubted housing need and provide space that can come forward for employment.
“The business park will not be warehouses. If the application was approved, it would be mainly small scale light industrial and mainly offices.
“It will not be a big ugly business park and that was one of the main concerns at the consultation exercises. We want to deliver an attractive and vibrant scheme that fits in with Stamford.”
The developer held two consultation days in Stamford in November and it has sent brochures detailing the design to more than 1,000 homes near the site.
Mr Allen said feedback from the consultation events had “helped to influence the final masterplan”.
The district council has included the Tinwell Road site in its site allocation and policies development plan, which sets out development in the district until 2026.
The scheme has received opposition in the past from the South West Approaches Protection Group, which was set up to oppose development on the land, and Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Both groups want the development on the east of Stamford because they say it is closer to supermarkets and the majority of schools and will mean less traffic through the town centre.
For more visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk or www.stamford-west.com.