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365-home scheme branded ‘crazy’ by Uttoxeter residents

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

  • 10/04/14 Hazelwalls Farm consultation - Uttoxeter, Uttoxeter Mr Richard Woods takes a look at the plans

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UTTOXETER families are concerned their house prices will ‘plummet’ if a 365-home scheme is allowed to go ahead.

Those living near Hazelwalls Farm attended a public exhibition, during which David Wilson Homes representatives gave detail about their proposals, at Uttoxeter Town Hall.

They discovered access from residential streets had been replaced by a proposed new roundabout on Abbots Bromley Road.

The site was approved to be in East Staffordshire Borough Council’s draft local plan, which sets out where houses will be built by 2031.

Hazel Faulkner, of Stanway Close, lives next to the site.

She said: “It’s crazy. Abbots Bromley Road is a very narrow country road. It’s already difficult getting out of our estate during rush hour.

“There’s an awful lot of traffic using Stafford Road and that’ll get worse.

“I know this is all down to government targets but there’s no need or demand for housing here.

“I think the borough council wants to improve footfall in Burton, leaving Uttoxeter as a dormitory town.”

Mrs Faulkner’s husband, Dave, said: “With the record of accidents at the Abbots Bromley-Stafford Road junction, it’s ridiculous to add 300 peak-time commuters.

“Whilst the removal of plans for a through-route from birdland is welcome and some token provision for wildlife is being made, this is still an ill-thought-out proposal.

“The impact on nearby homeowners whose houses were marketed to ‘enjoy the view over open countryside’ will be significant, as will the reduction in value of their properties.

“It seems odd that homes blighted by the HS2 development can expect compensation but those blighted by random planning decisions cannot.”

David Wilson is currently putting together a full planning application.

A copy of the local plan and its associated documents is available online at eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/Planning/PlanningPolicy/LocalPlanCoreStrategy/NewLocalPlan/Pages/SubmissionDraftLocalPlan.aspx.

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