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Day of reckoning nearly upon us for St Modwen’s houses plan for Uttoxeter

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

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D-DAY is just round the corner for controversial plans which could see up to 700 houses along with a brand new first school built in Uttoxeter.

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee will decide on Monday whether to go with the officer’s recommendation to allow the houses to be built on land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.

The decision will ultimately be made on the outline application at Uttoxeter Town Hall, in High Street, from 2pm.

The plans, submitted by St Modwen, consist of 700 houses, 10 acres of employment space, a first school, a ‘mixed use local centre’ incorporating retail, leisure, social and cultural community and health facilities, associated engineering works and open green space.

However, Mike Timmins, senior estate surveyor for St Modwen has previously told The Advertiser they are keeping an open mind about the first school as he said the money could instead by given to Tynsel Parkes First school to deal with the influx of new pupils.

Interested parties have raised a number of concerns and objection to the plans including Uttoxeter Town Council which provided a list of reasons while they it was objecting.

The reasons included the traffic survey not demonstrating the houses will not have a negative effect on traffic and road safety and there is no guarantee the employment land will be developed.

Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council also raised concerns about the increase in the volume of traffic and the loss of green space.

The education department at Staffordshire County Council asked for a contribution to all phases of education provision and Sport England said providing sports pitches onsite ‘does not accord’ with the Outdoor Sport Investment and Delivery Plan that seeks to deliver a new sports hub at Uttoxeter Quarry.

The borough council’s housing strategy manager recommended 30 per cent affordable housing.

Concerns and objections have also been received from 60 neighbours and residents raising points including the increased risk of flooding, noise and light pollution, impact on highways, wildlife and ecology, the site is of historical and archaeological value and there is not need for all the houses.

Despite the concerns, the council’s officers have recommended permitting the plans providing St Modwen enters into a Section 106 agreement, which means they have to provide cash for education facilities and highways improvements.

They also attached conditions to the permission including no development to take place until details of phasing have been submitted and approved.

Anyone who wants to speak at the meeting is asked to contact Monica Henchcliffe on 01283 508608 or Andrea Davies on 01283 508306 stating application number P/2013/00882 before 5pm today.

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