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Gleeson to appeal decision rejecting 140 houses on Roycroft Farm

Land surrounding Roycroft Farm

Land surrounding Roycroft Farm

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PROTESTERS have vowed to ‘stand firm’ over plans for 140 new houses in Uttoxeter after it was revealed an appeal WILL be lodged against the rejection.

Scott Chamberlain, managing director of Gleeson Strategic Land, has warned the taxpayer could be left picking up the cost of the decision by East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee for Roycroft Farm, in Bramshall Road, after he revealed they will be lodging an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate ‘in the next couple of days’.

The application was refused on the grounds it would have an adverse impact on the visual amenities enjoyed by Uttoxeter residents and there was already an over provision of housing supply and land in the town.

Councillors were recommended to approve the plans by the planning officer despite 3,000 people signing a petition against it.

Mr Chamberlain told the Post and Times: “We will be definitely appealing the decision and this will be lodged in the next couple of days.

“Officers recommended they approved the plans and there were no strategic body objections or no council department objections.

“If the Planning Inspectorate does consent to the scheme then the council will forego the new homes bonus which will cost the taxpayers a considerable amount of money.”

However, Graham Paskett, of the Picknalls Valley Preservation Group, has vowed to continue the fight to reserve the land for future generations.

He said: “It is no surprise and we will keep defending it.

“What the chairman of the planning committee said still holds good and they have sound planning reasons for objecting and why they should not proceed.

“The Picknalls Valley Preservation Group stands firm by everything we have said so far.

“It is ironic that Gleeson have pushed with this considering the majority of the population of Uttoxeter is against it.

“They are running in the face of democracy but they have the right to do that. However, we will defend ourselves vigorous.”

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