PROTESTORS looking to block building on swathes of countryside in Uttoxeter are concerned their town could be ‘extended into Bramshall village and beyond’.
The Post and Times reported two weeks ago that the Picknall Valley Preservation Group (PVPG), which successfully defeated proposals to develop land at Roycroft Farm in 1989, has reformed to fight plans to build 140 homes on the same land.
The 20-strong group is now set to imminently launch a petition, which it will hand to the county and borough councils and Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths after collating signatures against all the proposed developments along the Picknall Valley.
Group member and former Uttoxeter MP Janet Dean said she is concerned for the surrounding environment and villagers in Bramshall.
She said: “Once the first housing is allowed within the valley that will be the end of this beautiful area of farm land that provides a complete haven for wildlife and a natural boundary for the town. We will end up being built up to Bramshall village and beyond.”
Another group member, retired international businessman Peter Coffin, said: “There are plenty of alternative areas for potential housing within the town without despoiling virgin farmland. It is a disgrace to even consider it.
“The area represents a major asset both for current residents of Uttoxeter and future generation.
“It is our duty to protect this beautiful and productive environment and ensure it is not spoiled in any way.
“Picknall Valley should be preserved primarily for agricultural, educational and leisure uses.”
The land in Stone Road is currently listed as being earmarked for educational use, but the county council-owned land could be used to accommodate a huge housing development.
Original PVPG members who have joined its new incarnation include prominent musician and environmentalist Fred Hopwood and former journalists Jenny and Graham Paskett.
They have stated that the petition will also highlight concerns that any additional development in Uttoxeter, including St Modwen’s 700-home development on land west of town, would exacerbate ‘horrendous and dangerous’ levels of traffic in Bramshall, Stone and Holly roads.