Protest group raises concerns to councillor

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Campaigners fighting against plans for a 48-home estate met the county council’s head of highways to air their concerns.

Members of Stamford! Protect Our Green Space met Lincolnshire County Council’s portfolio for highways, transport and IT, Richard Davies (Con), in Kettering Road on Tuesday.

The protest group is fighting against Kier Homes’ plan to build 48 homes on land opposite Stamford AFC’s ground.

Chairman David Taylor explained the group’s concerns to Coun Davies, which centre around the extra traffic the development would create.

Speaking after the meeting, he said: “We are delighted Coun Davies and his colleagues visited Stamford and are confident that they have a good understanding of the highways issues which affect this area of the town and which can only be made worse by this proposed development.

“I am certain that whatever conclusions the council’s highways department reach with regard to the Kier application, they will do so with a clear grasp of the fact that the traffic issues affecting St Martin’s must not be added to where they can be avoided, and that would include Kier’s proposed traffic lights which would cause unmitigated chaos.”

Kier has offered to put some money towards traffic lights at the junction of Kettering Road and High Street St Martin’s.

The developer believes the extra homes would not have a significant impact on the road network.

A spokesman said: “We have endeavoured to take into account residents’ concerns, particularly with regard to traffic movements, and commissioned an independent report which concluded that there were no issues in terms of highway capacity.

“However, we took the decision to undertake additional assessment of the local network to ascertain whether improvements to traffic flow away from the site could be made and continue to work with the local highways team to establish a sustainable solution.”

Coun Davies will have no say in the final decision on the planning application. However, as councillor in charge of the highways department, he will be able to make recommendations to South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee.

Coun Davies said: “While development is an important part of our local communities, it’s also key that any new building is sustainable and doesn’t adversely impact on the existing community.

“Having seen, first hand, Kettering Road at peak times, I am very concerned on the impact these additional homes will have on an already hard-pressed road network.”

A separate application by a different developer to build about 50 homes on the site of the current Stamford AFC stadium, also in Kettering Road, has already been approved. Work will not begin until the club’s new ground and sports centre in Ryhall Road is completed.