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Housing plan a step closer to approval

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

  • 21/01/14 GV of housing development site - Uttoxeter, Uttoxeter GV Dove Lane, Rocester - Eyes Farm Bungalow, planning permission

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A CONTROVERSIAL housing plan his been given a preliminary green light by planning chiefs.

The 18-home scheme in at Eyes Farm, in Dove Lane, Rocester, has drawn significant opposition from villagers.

They are concerned the proposed development will have a detrimental affect on road safety near Dove First School.

Villagers are also worried it will add to flooding problems in the village.

And councillors on East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee raised concerns about access.

They admitted there is doubt as to whether refuse lorries will have enough room to turn round when visiting the site.

However, they still granted outline planning permission to applicant Frank Gregory during a meeting on Monday.

Chris Smith (pictured), a councillor for the Churnet ward, spoke of his reservations about the proposal during the meeting.

He said: “There are serious issues to think about here, including archaeology, access, impact on the character of the area and flooding.

“Dove Lane is extremely narrow to say the least and, just a few yards from the site entrance, there’s no pavement.

“Home deliveries from supermarkets and the like are on the rise and there are serious questions about whether refuse trucks will be able to turn round on the site.

“I’m genuinely concerned about road safety at the junction next to the access, which is close to Dove First School.

“The housing is really crammed into the site and the proposed density of housing would be of concern.

“I’ve lived in the area for 54 years and have seen Dove Lane flood on several occasions, with a foot of standing water on the road.

“We’re talking about a flood plane and, if the area is built up, the water will be forced elsewhere in the village.”

A representative for Mr Gregory said the development would help house some of the 2,500 workers that will join JCB by 2018 as part of its expansion plans.

The expansion will involve production being significantly extended at the digger giant’s Rocester World Headquarters.

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