14:29 Tuesday 25 February 2014

Calls for relief road for St Modwen's Uttoxeter housing project

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

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CIVIC bosses are calling for the firm looking to build 700 homes to alter its plans to include a relief road to protect Uttoxeter from congestion.

As previously reported on in the Advertiser, St Modwen has entered an application to build 700 homes on land west of Uttoxeter.

If given planning permission, it is thought residents in the new builds will bring 1,400 cars with them.

And civic bosses at Uttoxeter Town Council are now calling for a ‘distributor road’, like the one running through the birdland housing estate, to be built.

They want the road to run through and around the St Modwen development so residents do not have to use Stone Road, Holly Road and Bramshall Road to access the town centre and surrounding routes.

Speaking at the council’s most recent meeting, Alan Noyes reminded his colleagues they must ‘act quickly’.

He said: “We’d be quite justified in asking St Modwen to build a distributor road through the development so vehicles can use this route without coming through Uttoxeter.

“If they can put down a distributor road it’ll relieve traffic down Stone Road, Bramshall Road and Holly Road.

“I think we should write to the highways authority and Andrew Griffiths asking if the St Modwen application can include a condition for a distributor road to be put all around the new development to keep traffic away from Uttoxeter’s roads.

“I’d be surprised if the application gets heard before March but, if we are to get this work done we need to approach the highways department now.

“Particularly in light of the forthcoming work on the A50, we need to ensure we take action now.”

St Modwen’s plans incorporate 10 hectares of employment space, sports and recreational facilities, a small retail centre and the provision of open green space.

The site is situated between the A50 and Bramshall Road.

The original plans included space for a first school to deal with an influx of families.

However, senior planning surveyor Mike Timmins, said this is ‘still up for discussion’ and his firm may invest in Tynsel Parks First School instead.

He said: “We do not mind if the money is put towards the existing Tynsel Parkes or a new school is built on the site.

“We had a lot of responses from families that like Tynsel Parkes and do not want anything to jeopardise it.

“Uttoxeter Town Council gave the impression they were not for a new first school but we need to deal with the education authority at Staffordshire County Council and it is their call.”

“This is an exciting scheme and we hope that it will be brought forward very soon.

“We hope that the application will be before the borough council’s planning committee very soon.”

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