Inspector backs council’s rejection of plans to build in Kettering Road, Stamford

The field off Kettering Road, Stamford, where Kier Living wants to build homes.
The field off Kettering Road, Stamford, where Kier Living wants to build homes.
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A planning inspector has dismissed a developer’s appeal against the refusal of its plans to build 48 homes in Stamford.

Inspector Anne Napier-Derere upheld South Kesteven District Council’s decision on Kier Living’s application to develop land off Kettering Road.

In her report, which was released yesterday (Thursday), the inspector said the planned homes would have a detrimental effect on the character of the area.

She said: “I conclude that the benefits of the proposal would not be sufficient to outweigh the harm identified to the significance of the designated heritage assets, or the Wothorpe special character area and the surrounding landscape.”

A Kier spokesman said: “We are disappointed that this appeal has been dismissed. We are taking advice in respect of this matter.”

Since the original refusal Kier has submitted a second planning application for 39 homes on the site. A decision on that has yet to be made.

Campaigners and members of Stamford! Protect Our Green Space fought hard to convince both the council and the planning inspector to reject development of the site.

The planning inspector’s full report can be read at https://acp.planningportal.gov.uk.