A TRIUMPHANT protest group has reformed to prevent an ‘environmental disaster’ on the same greenbelt land it saved from a major housing programme nearly 25 years ago.
The Picknall Valley Preservation Group (PVPG) successfully protested against proposals to build on land at Roycroft Farm in 1989.
In rejecting that application, a planning authority spokesman said the development would be 'a potential source of danger to other road users'.
PVPG, which originally disbanded after blocking the plans, believes this also applies to another 140-home development now earmarked for the land.
Featuring original members including Graham Paskett (pictured), as well as prominent musician and environmentalist Fred Hopwood and former Uttoxeter MP Janet Dean, PVPG is battling all housing plans along Picknall Brook.
The protesters are collating a petition against developments in Stone Road and at Roycroft Farm to hand to planners at East Staffordshire Borough Council.
Mr Paskett told the Post and Times increased traffic associated with the developments would have a ‘disastrous impact’ on road safety in Bramshall Road, Stone Road and Holly Road and ‘destroy the unique environment’ of the valley.
He said: ““The unanimous view at our second inaugural meeting was that the Picknall Valley must be protected against housing and other development.
“Since 1989 there has been a massive increase in the number of houses in Bramshall Village and the Bramshall Industrial Estate has seen a significant growth in the number of vehicles, including heavy goods lorries, all of which use Bramshall Road.
“More than twenty years ago the experts confirmed that development on Roycroft Farm site would be dangerous.
“To agree to development now, with the significant increase in traffic on the road from the expanded village and industrial estate, would be a recipe for disaster.
“There are already four schools with traffic feeding onto Bramshall Road and many parents parking at the recreation ground waiting for their children.
“These two development plans are a recipe for increased road deaths and accidents and an environmental disaster.”
Mrs Dean said: “Any housing development within the valley will have a serious impact on our only remaining area of natural wildlife.
“It will also significantly increase traffic density in the area. Ultimately, the whole valley will be destroyed and the roads will become even more dangerous. “We should strongly resist any attempt to build in this unique, wildlife area.”
The 20-strong group has stated that all the housing developments on the table in Uttoxeter, including the 700-house ‘urban village’ in land west of the town, would put ‘unacceptable strains’ on its roads and infrastructure.