Kier Living to contest refusal of homes plan in Stamford

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A developer has launched an appeal against a council’s decision to reject its plans to build 49 homes on greenfield land.

Kier Living, formerly Kier Homes, wants to build on land off Kettering Road, Stamford, and has submitted two planning applications for the site.

The most recent application, for 39 homes, has yet to be considered by South Kesteven District Council. But initial plans for 48 homes were rejected by 13 votes to one in May after a vocal campaign against the development.

Kier has now appealed to the planning inspector to reverse that refusal. Planning director Ian Mitchell said: “The site on Kettering Road in Stamford is allocated for 50 homes in the district council’s recently adopted local plan and our initial application for 48 homes was recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers. Both of these factors will hopefully weigh in favour of the appeal.

“However, it’s quite common for a developer to take a twin track approach where they are unsure if revised proposals will be supported by the council, and we have, therefore, also submitted a revised application for 39 homes that seeks to deal with the reasons set out in the council’s refusal notice.”

The Stamford! Protect Our Green Space group was set up to oppose what it views as “inappropriate development of green space in Wothorpe and StMartin’s”. Member David Taylor said: “Councillors voted 13 to one against the application for this unwanted Kier development when originally heard in May, and I described it as ‘a victory for democracy.’

“The councillors were overwhelmingly convinced by the evidence we gave, which was all based upon sound planning law and supported by English Heritage, Stamford Town Council, Peterborough City Council, Stamford Civic Society, Wothorpe Parish Council and over 1,000 petitioners.

“We are therefore confident that the council will robustly and successfully defend their previous decision to the planning inspector and this appeal will be rejected.

“If they do not succeed, one must then ask ‘what value democracy’, and Stamford will have foist upon it a development it doesn’t want or need, and will lose one of its most iconic views.”