Development

By Local Democracy Reporter

A derelict industrial site could be turned into a thriving housing community under new plans.

Bellway Homes wants to build 120 houses on the outskirts of Stamford, creating “a new edge for the town”.

The chosen location off Uffington Road still has several depot buildings which will need to be demolished before any work can go ahead.

The plans promise range of one, two and three-bedroom homes, with 30% of them classed as affordable housing.

The main access would be from the nearby Aldi road to the south, but an agreement’s also been struck to create a cut-through onto the neighbouring ‘Stamford Gardens’ development, which is currently under construction.

Buildings will be demolished if planning approval is given | Photo: Bellway Homes

Public open space would be created on the eastern and western edges.

The application says that: “Care has been taken to ensure that the scheme successfully manages the transition from the existing built-up area of the town to the west of the site to the new homes that will form the eastern edge of Stamford.”

It promises a residential scheme that will “meet the needs of current and future generations, and create a strong and vibrant community.”

The plans have been submitted to South Kesteven District Council for consideration.

By Local Democracy Reporter

A divisive holiday park has been given the green light, with councillors reassurred that it’s unlikely to disrupt residents.

The “five star” park would see 79 static caravans located near Market Rasen Racecourse.

Objectors said they feared it would become a ratrun and lead to noise and light pollution.

However, a visit to the site by West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee allayed concerns over traffic problems.

They hope it will provide Market Rasen with an economic boost instead.

Councillor Roger Patterson said in the meeting: “This will be good for the town, raising the possibility of regeneration and attracting more people to the shops, pubs, cafés and supermarkets.

“This isn’t a Club 18 to 30 or a hotel in Spain – it won’t be young revellers making a hell of a ruckus. You get a very specific group.

“All of the holiday parks I’ve visited have been peaceful and there’s never been any issues or anti-social behaviour.”

The site would make it easy for holidaymakers to visit the racecourse or golf course | Photo: Google

Councillor Angela White agreed, saying: “There are many more holiday sites in Woodall Spa than Market Rasen, and the high street there is always vibrant because people who come on their holidays support the economy.”

However, some still harboured doubts about the traffic situation.

Councillor Cordelia McCartney said: “Members who went on the site visit probably saw it peaceful and tranquil – at school time or a race day it’s more like Euston Road [in London].”

To address the issues, the holiday park will be required to stagger arrival and departure times.

Traffic also won’t be allowed to turn left out of the site on Legsby Road.

The plans were brought by Green Park Caravans, who said there was demand for high-quality holiday homes in the area.

The park is expected to be used by holidaymakers all year round.

By Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for the UK’s largest solar farm have divided Lincolnshire councillors.

The Mallard Pass solar farm would cover the equivalent of 1,700 football pitches near Stamford, and has the potential to power 92,000 homes.

Hundreds of people have already objected to the scheme due to the scale and environmental impact, but some councillors have warned that it is necessary to avert climate disaster.

The scheme is so big that it will go to the government for approval.

It could cover over 900 hectares across the Stamford and Rutland border, and would last for up to 40 years before being decommissioned.

South Kesteven District Council yesterday issued an objection due to the impact on agriculture and the environment, although this could change if Mallard Pass provides updated information.

Some councillors welcomed the clean homegrown energy, while others warned it would have an unacceptable impact on South Kesteven’s countryside.

The Mallard Pass solar farm would be bigger than any previous application | Photo: Mallard Pass Solar Farm

Council leader Councillor Kelham Cooke said: “I’m not against renewable energy, but it has to be in the right place. This would take away agricultural land at a time when we’re facing food insecurity.

“I’ve told the applicant that the maps, details and consultation they’ve provided so far has been poor. I’ve also received hundreds of emails from residents, and those supporting it are by far in the minority.”

Tony Orvis, a member of the Mallard Pass Action Group, told the planning committee that the plans were causing “deep anxiety and stress in the community”.

He pointed to the 200 people who had attended meetings and hundreds more who had signed up to newsletters.

Jason Halsey, a member of Greatford Parish Council, also warned that the site is prone to unexpected flooding from the River Glen.

However, others said that the climate emergency meant it was essential that the UK switched to renewable energy.

Councillor Virginia Moran said: “People will complain about how it affects their house or their view, but there has to be a point where you say ‘Sod it, we’ve got to do our part to help Lincolnshire and the country and the planet survive.’

“It will simply be too late to act soon. We can’t wait for everyone to get on the bus – the bus is leaving. It has to start somewhere.”

The Mallard Pass solar farm would be more than four miles long | Photo: Mallard Pass

Councillor Phil Dilks described the plans as a “no brainer”, adding: “Food production is important, but so is heating and it’s getting to the point where the poorest can’t afford these bills we’re getting.”

Objectors also pointed out that half of the site is considered to be prime agricultural land, which would be lost for 40 years.

The council’s response to Mallard Pass expresses concerns that not enough information has been provided so far on the landscape, visual and agricultural impact.

The finished application is expected to be debated by the full council next spring, before going to the government for a final decision.

No representative from Mallard Pass was present at the meeting.

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