THE district council has thrown its weight behind a 25-acre business park in Stamford which it says will create hundreds of jobs.
South Kesteven District Council has included plans for the business park on land between Tinwell Road and Empingham Road in its economic development strategy for 2012 to 2016.
Commercial Estates Group is developing the 70-acre site between Tinwell Road and Empingham Road, Stamford, and the business park, which will include offices and with potential for a hotel, gym, restaurant and healthcare centre, will make up nearly half the site.
The company also plans to build 400 homes, as well as community facilities.
But the move is likely to cause controversy among people living nearby who have already objected to the homes plan.
A council spokesman said the “high-quality” business park would support “several hundred new jobs” and an application could be submitted as early as next year.
He estimated the business park alone would cost £15m to develop and said the council would do everything it could to ensure it was built.
Portfolio holder for economic development Frances Cartwright (Con) said: “We will ensure that the business park plans are dealt with sensitively. We are also planning to attract investors and visitors through a proactive marketing campaign for the district.
“These plans are vital for the development of South Kesteven as a whole. As a council we cannot do everything on our own but we are working with our partners to influence, enable and commission work.”
The council is keen to attract new business to the district as part of its strategy.
As well as the business park, Commercial Estates Group wants to build the homes, of which about a third would be “affordable”.
The group has not yet submitted a planning application. It held consultation events on its plans in November and December.
The South West Approaches Protection Group was set up to oppose development on the land.
Group chairman Robert Conboy said: “We object to the whole scheme – the homes and the business park.
“The group’s position remains that due consideration has not been given to allocating this scheme for the east of the town.”
Mr Conboy said the planning inspector, which was considering the district council’s site allocations plan which sets out development into the district, also had “concerns” about the site.
He said a meeting had been called on Wednesday next week to discuss the concerns.
The district council confirmed the meeting was taking place and said it was “part of the process for this type of development”. The spokesman said residents would be able to ask questions.
Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce has also objected to the site. President Tim Lee said: “Our objection is not to the scheme but to the selection of that particular site.”
To find out more about the development visit www.stamford-west.com.