11:00 Friday 17 January 2014

Plans for homes set for green light

Written byJENNY MOODY

Cllr Philip Atkins Cllr Philip Atkins

PLANS which could see 18 new houses built in Rocester are set to go before planning chiefs.

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee is set to discuss the plans for Eyes Farm Bungalow, in Dove Lane, after the outline planning application was submitted by Frank Gregory.

The application is on 0.63 hectares of land to the east of Dove Lane and the houses will consist of a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced properties arranged around a cul-de-sac, with an access onto Dove Lane between Chalice House and Dove Farm House.

They will range from two to four bedroom properties.

For the development to go ahead, Mr Gregory is seeking consent for the demolition of the existing outbuildings which are used as workshops as well as an existing single story detached house which is on the site with a concrete sectional garage.

The application is asking for consent to build 18 houses with all matters reserved and for conservation area consent for the demolition of outbuildings.

The council’s officer has recommended permitting the outline application as long as the applicant first enters into a Section 106 agreement requiring a contribution to education of £84,364, the provision of open space and the provision of external refuse collection containers.

It listed 17 conditions which need to be abided by before permission is granted and it is provided that no substantive objections are raised by the Environment Agency.

Officers also recommended permitting the conservation area consent with two conditions.

However, Rocester Parish Council and Philip Atkins (pictured), who represents Rocester on Staffordshire County Council, have both raised concerns regarding the plans.

Councillor Atkins said: “From a county councillor’s perspective the proposal’s proposed access comes out close to Dove First School, which is on a very narrow road close to the church with no footway on either side of the road or where the proposed access is.

“The demolition of a converted farm building is in a conservation area and the buildings appear to be currently used for commercial purposes.

“The site is also within the site of the Roman Fort.

“The land proposed to be given to the village for public use would appear to enable more houses to be built on the site and would involve expense of maintenance and safety to the parish council.

“It would also lead to additional traffic through inadequate access.”

Rocester Parish Council gave seven reasons for objecting to the plans including the site in outside the development boundary and it within yards of Dove First School and a sharp right-hand bend.

Other agencies, including Staffordshire County Council, Natural England, Severn Trent Water and the Environmental Health manager offered no objections but some did ask for conditions to be added.

The planning committee is set to discuss the proposals at its meeting at Burton Town Hall on Monday.

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