15:00 Friday 14 February 2014

Houses plans on Uttoxeter Recycling Centre are set to get green light

Written byJENNY MOODY

PLANS which could see nearly 50 houses built on a Uttoxeter recycling centre have been recommended to be given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.

East Staffordshire Borough Council has applied to its planning committee to develop up to 49 houses on land in Pennycroft Lane.

The detailed planning application states the site already contains a recycling centre which is open to use by members of the public and commercial units as well as a vacant former council depot.

Land surrounding the site is used for residential properties, open space and a field which has already been granted outline planning permission for a residential development.

The application states: “The indicative layout submitted as part of the application shows a medium-density residential development of approximately 33.5 dwellings per hectare gross accessed via Pennycroft Lane.

“Access to the planned residential development to the west is also proposed.

“It is anticipated that the dwellings will all be two storey properties with a maximum height of approximately nine metres.

The applications has received few objections but interested parties have listed a number of recommendations they would like to see attached to permission if granted.

The environmental health manager has asked for a noise assessment to be carried out, Uttoxeter Town Council has asked for the recycling facilities to be retained and said it is concerned a replacement site has not been indicated and Staffordshire County Council has asked for a financial contribution to education as it would mean more children in the surrounding schools.

The report adds: “Statutory consultees have raised no objection that cannot be overcome via planning conditions or Section 106 obligations, with the exception of the town council which objects to the proposals on the grounds of the loss of existing recycling facility.

“Two letters of objection have been received from local residents.

“The site lies within the Uttoxeter development boundary and the principle of residential development is considered acceptable in the context of a shortfall in housing supply.

“The indicative layout is informed by the East Staffordshire Design Guide and demonstrates that 49 dwellings can be assimilated into the site without unacceptably affecting the character and appearance and the surrounding area.”

The council’s officers have recommended permitting the development but subject to a number of conditions.

The conditions include approved plans condition, submission and approval of details of remediation of contamination, implementation of landscaping, fencing and walling and the development needs to be carried out in accordance with mitigation measures set out in the ecology appraisal.

The council’s planning committee is set to discuss the plans at its meeting at Burton Town Hall at 2pm on Monday.

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