TWO top Uttoxeter councillors have come out in support of protesters battling plans for 700 houses in Uttoxeter.
Staffordshire County Council’s Geoff Morrison and Philip Atkins have spoken with residents regarding St Modwen’s plans to create the houses on land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.
Comprising of up to 700 homes, the area will also incorporate 10 hectares of employment space and will benefit from a new first school, sports and recreational facilities, a small retail centre and the provision of open green space.
Initially local residents and closest neighbours to this major housing development formed an action group to combat the worst features of the new build and they have been joined by Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths and Councillor Morrison, who represents the Uttoxeter ward on the council.
Now the county council leader Councillor Atkins has also shown his opposition to the scheme and pledged his support for the people who will be affected by the influx of new houses and the rise in vehicles in the streets.
Councillor Atkins said: “I am deeply concerned about the complete lack of thought put into this application, towards the impact on the nearby rural communities and their roads that will inevitably arise as the country roads are used as rat runs to Stafford, Derby and Rocester, trying to avoid the inevitable congestion this ill thought out plan will cause and I have already raised this with county highways officers.”
Councillor Morrison agreed with the description.
He said: “A bit of thought about the numbers of extra vehicles, the increase in children requiring school places and the infrastructure needed to service it all would have shown the underlying problems when the equivalent of a large village is deposited on a green fields site.
“I am standing shoulder to shoulder alongside my parliamentary and local authority colleagues on this.
“This could be a great addition to Uttoxeter but it needs more thought.”
One of the main issues pointed out by residents and politicians alike is the increase in traffic the new houses and school will bring to the estate, especially with more vehicles using the exit from the A50 to access the site.
Summing up the main issues, Councillor Atkins added: “This development should have a proper roundabout access onto the A50 with improved roads to the A518 to avoid congestion with traffic calming measures to deter drivers from taking short cuts to avoid the inevitable traffic that 700 houses and the five industrial units will bring, not a badly cobbled together plan that puts more traffic onto existing roads that cannot cope now.”