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Traffic fears over 650 homes plan for Stamford

A planned 650-home estate that could form part of the new ‘Stamford North’ development is already attracting opposition.

Last week, the Mercury revealed plans for the development from Bourne-based developer Larkfleet Homes.

The development site shown in green with other homes allocations in red (7328378)
The development site shown in green with other homes allocations in red (7328378)

Larkfleet wants to build on a 155-acre site west of Casterton Road BP garage and to the north of Belvoir Close, Ross Drive, Collins Avenue, and Jackson Way.

If approved, the new estate could include a country park, and a ‘local centre’ with shops, offices, restaurants and bars.

Although it is in Stamford, the area falls into Rutland County Council’s juristiction and it has begun receiving comments from residents and stakeholders.

Karen Verdegaal of Tickencote wondered about the schools and doctors for all the new residents.

“How on Earth will the roads cope with all the extra traffic? Stamford regularly grinds to a halt already.”

She also feared loss of wildlife habitat. “Leave us a bit of countryside, please,” she added.

Marina Chenery of Banks Crescent, Stamford, said small villages around Stamford suffer too much passing traffic and with this scheme they “won’t cope for much longer.”

Vanessa Anderson warned: “Stamford is already hell to leave and get on to the A1 everyday.” She too feared congestion caused by the residents seeking services in Stamford.

Stephanie Spurdens of Oban Close, Stamford also warned of a ‘bursting’ doctors surgery, no NHS dentists and ‘hardly any school places’.

Liz Taylor of Gainsborough Road, Stamford, was concerned for the loss of wildlife habitat to “yet another dull carbon copy housing development.”

Larkfield Homes have promised a new primary school and the development is due to form part of a much larger scheme, featuring 1,300 further homes and an east-west road between Casterton Road and Ryhall Road.

When the scheme was raised at Stamford Town Council on Wednesday, Coun David Taylor (Con) said: “There are going to be 2,000 houses built as part of a masterplan rather than piecemeal developments that we have seen before in town, and it will be known as Stamford North.

“The rates from homeowners on the Rutland part of the development will go to Rutland County Council, but there will be Section 106 money that will come to us.”

Section 106 money is paid by developers to councils for improving infrastructure.

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