Tractors out – senior citizens in!

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Plans to build 37 retirement flats on an agricultural machinery dealership site in Stamford will be unveiled at a public exhibition next week.

Developers McCarthy & Stone wants to develop the Sharmans site in Barnack Road.

Sharmans , which employs 10 members of staff, is in the process of moving to Easton-on-the-Hill, taking over the former Mill View Motors premises alongside the A43.

McCarthy & Stone representatives have already met a number of residents and businesses in the area to discuss its plans.

Now the company, one of the UK’s foremost retirement housing specialists, is inviting Stamford residents to help shape its scheme.

It is holding an exhibition on its proposals in the Blue Room at Stamford Arts Centre from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday.

The company wants to build 37 one and two bedroom apartments with car parking and landscaped gardens.

It says its design for a single three-storey traditional building will reflect local architectural styles and have a

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stone frontage in keeping with properties in Barnack Road.

Its regional managing director Lorena Brown said: “We want to hear from the local community and our future home-owners before we submit a planning application.

“We will display our plans at the exhibition and our project team will be there to answer questions and to take feedback on what we’ve done so far.

“The comments we receive will help us tailor our proposal into something people will want to see, enjoy and call home.”

Sharmans said it had been looking for a new location for some time.

Financial director Liz Marshall said: “We are moving to a large-scale site which gives us more room to grow and expand.

“We have been looking for a new site which is more appropriate for our business for some time because getting agricultural traffic along Barnack Road can be difficult.”

The firm hopes to move to its new site in February and said there would be no job losses.