UTTOXETER’S MP has joined residents in expressing concerns over plans for 700 houses and a primary school in the town.
Andrew Griffiths has spoken out after he was approached by residents over 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.
However, Mr Griffiths has now met with residents living near to the proposed site and has echoed their concerns about the increase in traffic they will bring with them.
He told The Advertiser: “I have received representations from a number of residents highlighting the obvious problems with such a large development.
“I share the concerns about the impact on the roads and traffic around the development and whether the impact of the JCB traffic on that junction is sustainable.
“The last thing we want to do is create gridlock and traffic jams that would create misery for the people living there.
“It is essential that these concerns are taken seriously by the highways department when considering the feasibility of this application.”
The plans have already been met with disapproval from residents, who have joined forces to fight the development.
Concerns highlighted have included traffic, the new school will bring an increase in children but there is not enough room for them when they go to secondary school and generally the size of the development.
The plans have already been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department where it will be decided whether they are given the go ahead.
Developer St Modwen, a regeneration specialist, has said that if approved, the development will bring much-needed homes to the town, as well as generating significant opportunities for employment.
The site is designated in the borough council’s preferred option document as a location for a mixed use scheme and has been earmarked for development.
Following feedback received during a public consultation, St Modwen said it has incorporated changes to its original plans, including the repositioning of the site for the first school and playing fields, increased hedgerow and tree planting, improved cycle and pathways and the realignment of some pedestrian routes linking the development with residential areas.