TRAFFIC and the size of the development is still a major concern for residents as plans for 700 houses and a primary school remain in the pipeline.
Residents voiced their concerns at a public presentation, by East Staffordshire Borough Council, into St Modwen’s plans for land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.
The plans have been submitted to the council’s planning department for 700 houses, employment space, a first school, sports facilities, a small retail centre and open green space.
Deborah Scoles, of Malborough Way, said: “It is an absolute joke. There is nothing in the town for 700 houses.
“My son is going to high school next year and we have received a letter from Staffordshire County Council saying that although we are in the catchment area there is no guarantee of a place.
“So when there is another first school which is feeding into the middle schools and the high school where will they go?
“The infrastructure cannot cope with all this that they are planning.
“I don’t think the residents of Milton Drive have any idea of how this will impact on them.”
A Bramshall Road resident, who asked not to be named, said: “We have just looked at the access on Bramshall Road and that is our biggest concern.
“It is bad enough now with all the traffic. I am not against what is happening but it is another ongoing project opposite us so we will get it from both sides.”
Councillor Alan Noyes said: “The things we wanted as a council, such as a buffer between the old and new development, haven’t been done.
“We asked for an access onto the A50 as the traffic will be coming out by The Parkes which means all the traffic from the 700 houses will have to come up by the Three Tunns or Bramshall and Smithfield Road.
“There is nothing wrong with it as a development but it should be going straight onto the A50.”
John Glanville, of Bramshall Road, said: “It is far too big a development for Uttoxeter. There are lots more proportionate developments that can be maintained.
“The town would welcome those but this is to the wrong scale.”
Jim Malkin, the council’s interim principle planner, said: “We have had quite a lot of people put forward some interesting ideas and thoughts and we will take them into account in the determination of the application.”