Protest meeting against Tinwell Road housing development in Stamford attended by more than 100

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MORE than 100 people gathered at a public meeting to protest against plans for housing development on a greenfield site.

Robert Conboy organised the meeting after South Kesteven District Council picked a site between Tinwell Road and Empingham Road, Stamford to supply the majority of housing for the town for the next 15 years.

Commercial Estates Group wants to turn the 70-acre site into a 400-home estate, including about 140 affordable houses, a shop and a community centre.

The site was chosen over sites on the outskirts of Stamford at Newstead, and on former brickworks land on Little Casterton Road.

Mr Conboy had previously formed the South West Approaches Protection Group to protest against the development.

The Empingham Road resident labelled the meeting a success and said attendees had been encouraged to e-mail every South Kesteven district councillor before the full council meeting on Thursday.

He said: “There are strong feelings about this issue. These developments have got to be approved by the local populace and the town council.

“The issue is coming before the full council on September 8 and we are going to get all our reasons for objection to this site together.

“We want the cabinet to go back and look at this again.”

Mr Conboy hired town planner Mike Sibthorp to help with the protest group’s objections.

Mr Sibthorp said that the council’s decision to choose the Tinwell Road site was based on flawed reasoning, and the council should protect greenfield land.

Stamford town councillor Harrish Bisnauthsing attended the meeting.

He said: “I am not opposed to development on that site because it is going to happen.

“My concern is that we have some input into what is built there and what kind of facilities go there.

“I would like to see a sensible development with affordable homes, opens spaces and leisure facilities.

“It needs to have its own infrastructure and the architecture should match neighbouring houses on Tinwell Road and Empingham Road.”

Commercial Estates Group has yet to submit a planning application for the site.