PROPOSALS to build 400 new homes in Uttoxeter with an extension to a popular community park have been presented to the town’s councillors.
Mark Sackett, senior director of RPS Planning and Developments, attended the Uttoxeter Town Council meeting to speak with councillors about Mosaic Estates proposals for land at Hazelwalls Farm and Blount’s Green, in Uttoxeter.
The site is one of three possible sites for additional housing earmarked by East Staffordshire Borough Council as part of its Local Plan, which is in its draft stage.
The other sites are land south of Stone Road and an area west of the town, adjacent to the A50.
The proposed site is in two parts with a smaller area off Sorrel Close for which an enhanced play area can be provided with a pedestrian link to Silver Birch Drive.
The main part of the site is between Abbots Bromley Road and Timber Lane to the south of the Blounts Drive and Westlands Road development.
Mosaic Estates have an option agreement on the Hazelwalls Farm site, which is no longer a viable enterprise and the dairy herd has been sold, and the proposed development includes 400 dwellings, 100 of which will be affordable housing.
The proposal also includes the extension of Hazelwalls Community Park in to the housing development.
Mr Sackett told the meeting the residential development could be delivered by 2014/15 and there is a prospective house builder showing interest in the development.
He added they had been talking with the education authority as the houses would bring more people into the area and they are willing to make a considerable contribution to school places.
Councillors raised some concerns over access points to the site, stating some were particularly narrow and cars struggled to get through let alone work vehicles.
To this Mr Sackett said they were in discussions with Staffordshire County Council’s highway department and a full traffic assessment will be carried out.
Councillor Hermione Montgomery also commented on health facilities with the prospect of 1,000 new people moving to the town.
Mr Sackett said: “We have not proposed a surgery on the site but if it comes back after consultation it can be negotiated. We will research that further.”
Councillor Andrew Riley raised the issue of flooding, which has been a problem at Hazellwalls Park, asking if it would be an issue for the development.
He was told this issue would be addressed and improvements made where possible at the park however plans would be put in place to prevent this happening on the development.