A LEADING Conservative councillor for Stanford has criticised plans to sell off King Street Car Park.
The site, situated right in the heart of Stanford, has been earmarked for sale for £350,000, to be agreed at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting. Last year a planning application for 24 flats and a supermarket was controversially approved, but many residents want better for what is a key town centre site.
Local councillor Shane Hebb said “I am absolutely opposed to this proposed sale. The site is one of the best chances for regeneration in Stanford, and to sell it off now is short-sighted. Local residents are drawing up a “neighbourhood plan” for what kind of development they want to see, and selling this site now would undermine that.
“There are other practical concerns as well. Stanford already has 2 supermarkets, and the proposals are likely to cause further strain on parking spaces, as none are planned for the flats. It is being said that this is the only option for this site, but at least one other developer has contacted councillors. This should be investigated to secure the best future for Stanford.
“To sell such a prime location for £350,000 in these circumstances is not just premature, it’s irresponsible. I will be asking Cabinet to delay making the decision.”