08:43 Thursday 16 January 2014

Park could become 'family destination'

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

DEVELOPERS have outlined plans to turn Bramshall Road Park into a ‘family destination’ as part of their plans to build 140 homes on farmland in Uttoxeter.

Gleeson Homes has now made a formal application to have its proposed development at Roycroft Farm absorbed on to the borough’s local plan.

This would represent a blow to the 2,000 protestors who signed a petition against the plan at the end of 2013.

If included in the local plan, Roycroft Farm would become one of the official borough sites to be earmarked for development in the next 20 years.

East Staffordshire Borough Council must build more than 12,000 homes by 2031 as part of the Government’s drive to plug a national housing shortage.

However, Turley Associates, the planning consultants representing Gleeson for the project, claims Uttoxeter would benefit if it goes ahead.

John Acres, director of Turley Associates, has been in dialogue with Uttoxeter Town Council about the improvements Gleeson would make to Bramshall Road Park if its application is accepted.

He said: “New homes now attract a new homes bonus for the local authority, which is Government funds which the council can spend on infrastructure improvements in the local area.

“In addition, there will be a Section 106 investment package, contributing to affordable housing, education provision and the benefits to recreation and open space.

“In this case there are a whole variety of new benefits as part of this proposal.

“These include the extension of Bramshall Park, the ecological area to the south and the idea of introducing new toilets and possibly a café or kiosk within the park itself.

“This is something which is badly needed.

“There is real scope to make Bramshall Park more of a destination for families.

“Since the proposed site is right next to Bramshall Park, there is also a genuine opportunity for improved surveillance over the park.

“Also, people will be able to walk into the town along the riverside, without needing to worry about traffic.

“We believe these are a very positive and exciting set of proposals which will bring significant benefits to the town.”

Now Mr Acres wants to meet with residents living near Roycroft Farm to create a ‘positive dialogue’.

“The scheme is designed to reflect the character of the western side of the town with its larger houses along Bramshall Road and the attractive slopes leading down to Picknall Brook.

“The land is south-facing and hence there are some real opportunities for innovative design with passive solar gain.”

The Roycroft Farm proposal is one of several currently under consideration in Uttoxeter.

Other plans include 700 homes on land west of Uttoxeter and 365 homes at Hazelwalls Farm.

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