15:05 Friday 20 December 2013

Planned access road is branded 'unsustainable'

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

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A UTTOXETER homeowner has called for major housing plans for which his street would act as an access road to be ‘thrown out’.

Hundreds of Uttoxeter residents have joined Westlands Road Action Group (WRAG) to block a 365-home development at Hazelwalls Farm.

David Roberts, a homeowner in Sorrel Close, a proposed access route to the development, has called on planners to reject developers Mosaic Estates and David Wilson homes’ plans.

His road is one of three access road WRAG chief Keith Sunley singled out – along with Westlands Road and Fennel Close – as ‘inadequate’.

Mr Roberts said: “Whilst I have no objection to the development of the estate as such, I feel the present plans should be thrown out until more satisfactory access plans are forthcoming.

“Sorrel Close is just over five metres wide and commences at a T-junction with Foxglove Avenue.

“A sharp left-hand bend, which is already a traffic blind spot, continues for about 20 metres into a small straight section at right angles to the entrance to the close.

“Then, a right-hand bend takes us to the turning circle at the end of the close.

“With this configuration and the narrow width, it’s unsustainable to become a feeder road on health and safety grounds and reasonable access to emergency services.

“I’m surprised the borough council planning committee did not reject the developers’ plans at the onset of their application.”

Mr Roberts has highlighted Sorrel Close’s unsuitability for access by comparing it with the most recent major housing development in town – the Birdland estate.

He said: “By way of comparison, Kingfisher Way, the access road to the Birdland estate is seven metres-wide and has no tight bends.

“It is properly planned and has wide grass verges on either side of the road to give open aspects to road users.

“Sorrel Close is not a through road and was originally planned only to give access to the dozen-or-so residences in the close.

“It was planned and designated a close and, in my opinion, it is only suitable to remain a close – and not a through road.”

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