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Housing plan to support Rocester’s new school

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VILLAGERS could be set to shoulder more of East Staffordshire’s growing housing stock after developers applied to build more than 50 houses.

Bamford Properties has submitted a planning application to East Staffordshire Borough Council to build 53 houses on land east of Ashbourne Road, Rocester.

The application comes months after parish council chiefs registered a raft of objections to an application to build 18 homes at Eyes Farm.

They were also less than impressed with a recent 90-home application at Churnet Farm.

The government has dictated planners must approve more than 12,000 new homes in East Staffordshire in the next 15 years to help meet a national housing shortage.

And the Ashbourne Road application is situated next to the site of a proposed new school in Rocester.

As previously reported, Staffordshire County Council has applied to build the new school as part of a potential merging of Dove First School and Ryecroft Middle School.

If approved, the housing site will contain a mixture of two, three, and four-bedroom detached and terraced homes.

The developer’s plans also include a children’s play area, ‘open green space’, an ‘amenity area’ and landscaping around the site.

Access for vehicles and pedestrians from Ashbourne Road and a connection to Rocester’s footpath network will be constructed if Bamford’s application is accepted.

A Bamford spokesman said the proposed houses are perfectly situated.

He said: “The site is located within 500m of the village centre and its associated facilities and is in a sustainable location.

“It’s well bounded along its eastern and western perimeters by existing hedgerow and to the south by development along Northfield Avenue.

“This bounded nature limits views into the site.

“A public right of way crosses the site along the eastern boundary.”

Bamford has also claimed the visual impact of the development, along with the new school, would be ‘neutral’.

The spokesman said: “Whilst being visible, it will not introduce intrusive features and the nature of its effect will be neutral.

“It would not be overbearing on the current wider landscape.

“In the longer term, proposed tree planting will have a beneficial influence.

“Tree canopies will mature, creating a partial screen in front of the properties.”

The full application can be viewed online at www2.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/MVM/Online/dms/DocumentViewer.aspx?PK=625205&SearchType=Planning%20Application.

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