A REGENERATION specialist hoping to build 700 houses and a primary school in Uttoxeter has moved to quashed fears that increased traffic will make residents lives unbearable.
St Modwen has submitted plans to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee to build the development on land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.
However, the thought of more traffic travelling though down Tunnicliffe Way and battling with the ‘dangerous’ junction has left its residents fearing the future.
They have joined forces in a bid to stop the plans from going ahead and stop the traffic from disrupting their way of life.
Now a St Modwen spokesman has moved to reassure them they will not be subjected to ‘undue’ problems.
He said: “All necessary supporting documents and reports were submitted to the planning authority with our proposals for this site.
“These included a full and comprehensive transport assessment that is currently being reviewed by the relevant highways authorities.
“Our research shows that dispersal of traffic will not cause undue traffic problems for a development of this size.
“Our proposals are in line with Local Plan allocations and will address a significant shortfall in housing numbers as well as creating new employment opportunities.”
Residents have previously said traffic can already be a nightmare with the road being so close to the A50 and JCB.
Jason Ainsworth, 42, said: “My concern is that at JCB kicking out time it is absolute bedlam.
“The traffic is crazy and we are talking about an influx of more traffic.
“The junction to turn onto the road is awful and there have been many accidents.
“It is already chaos at rush hour as it is now.
“A lot of people are also worried it will be used as a rat run between the A50 and Bramshall.
“Also why do we need another primary school when we already have a three-tier school system in place?
“We understand they have got to expand but there are better places like Picknalls for example.”
Neighbour Ian Mirams, 51, said: “It is bad enough to get out of the road as it is as it is quite dangerous as people whizz along it to get in.
“People come in from town and don’t realise the junction is so close.
“With the systems they have proposed it will see the traffic backed up and we won’t be able to get out.”
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department will hold a public presentation event on the plans at Uttoxeter Town Hall from 4pm to 7pm on Monday.
Officers from the council will be available to discuss the scheme and answer any questions members of the public may have on the proposals.