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bluealley

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No matter how many times I visit Stamford I will never like the housing estate in the close vicinity. Horrid.
 
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But it's all road names on a railway theme! On a sadder note the fantastic bookshop has gone and the disused signal box looks ever more run-down.
 

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Had a panic just then, thinking the shop had closed down.
However a quick look at the website states that they have just moved down the road a bit.

I have no connection with them other than as a customer.

We opened at 59 Scotgate, Stamford PE9 2YQ on 15 February 2016.
We look forward to seeing all our loyal customers, and maybe some new ones, now we have finally opened the doors at the new shop.
The new premises are no great distance from Station House and remain convenient for the A1 Great North Road and the railway. Stamford station, with an hourly service on the cross-country Birmingham to East Anglia railway, is ten minutes walk.
 
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Had a panic just then, thinking the shop had closed down.
However a quick look at the website states that they have just moved down the road a bit.

I have no connection with them other than as a customer.

We opened at 59 Scotgate, Stamford PE9 2YQ on 15 February 2016.
We look forward to seeing all our loyal customers, and maybe some new ones, now we have finally opened the doors at the new shop.
The new premises are no great distance from Station House and remain convenient for the A1 Great North Road and the railway. Stamford station, with an hourly service on the cross-country Birmingham to East Anglia railway, is ten minutes walk.

Happy days!
 

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I used to live for a while on "that housing estate". I thought it was ok myself. Quite pleasent and convenient for the station - even if the hourly service was rubbish.
 

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I've visited Stanford a few times and the houses don't bother me. As far as I can tell it's relatively quiet and mostly families.
 

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I've visited Stanford a few times and the houses don't bother me. As far as I can tell it's relatively quiet and mostly families.

I think you will find that the OP was referring to the standard of architecture. Stamford has this mellow stone image and the station should be a welcome to that image (like the station itself).

Whilst the estate is neat, pleasant and tidy, it would be seen by most architectural snobs (sorry experts), as naff. Materials used are mixed render and reconstituted stone and so on. They have front gardens of postage size whereas an old market town has the terraced housing direct onto the street (see rest of Stamford, such as the streets around All Saints church).

I assume the station, being a bit out on a limb, and thus probably not in a conservation area, enabled the developers to get away with an unsympathetic plan.
 

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My comment is certainly not to reflect badly on the houses close to the station. They look nice, but out of place to me. I remember seeing the goods yard and that stretch of driveway as you came out of the station. Also, as someone else has mentioned, the signalbox is looking increasingly dilapidated, which is a shame. But that's evolution.
 

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I think you will find that the OP was referring to the standard of architecture. Stamford has this mellow stone image and the station should be a welcome to that image (like the station itself).

Whilst the estate is neat, pleasant and tidy, it would be seen by most architectural snobs (sorry experts), as naff. Materials used are mixed render and reconstituted stone and so on. They have front gardens of postage size whereas an old market town has the terraced housing direct onto the street (see rest of Stamford, such as the streets around All Saints church).

I assume the station, being a bit out on a limb, and thus probably not in a conservation area, enabled the developers to get away with an unsympathetic plan.
I honestly don't think they're that unsympathetic. An attempt has been made at least, with the render, to make them fit in slightly more with the rest of the town. That's a lot more than can be said for most developers.
 

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It's certainly quiet. Never heard a peep out of the neighbours when I lived there.
 

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There is another entrance to the station on Wothorpe Road which avoids the housing estate, although I don't know what's so bad about it.

The Wothorpe Road entrance also leads through the housing estate to reach the station.
 

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No matter how many times I visit Stamford I will never like the housing estate in the close vicinity. Horrid.

So what do you suggest the local authority does to keep you happy? Knock down the houses and make the displaced population live in tents until you can think of a better idea. Not that anyone could ever accuse you of being a snob.
 

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So what do you suggest the local authority does to keep you happy? Knock down the houses and make the displaced population live in tents until you can think of a better idea. Not that anyone could ever accuse you of being a snob.

A little unfair assuming I'm a snob just because I dislike a housing development.
 

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had quick look on google street view, I don't understand what's wrong with the houses, they're nice new houses which fit the architecture of the area.
The OP makes it out like it's a horrible council estate!
 

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The BBC have filmed 2 of their costume dramas here yet have never utilised this lovely housing complex. Next time, perhaps?
 
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