RESIDENTS leaving near an area which could be transformed into 700 houses and a primary school have joined forces to fight the plans.
People living in Tunnicliffe Way said their lives would be made unbearable if St Modwen is given planning permission for the development on land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.
The plans have been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department to provide 700 houses, employment space, a first school, sports and recreational facilities, a small retail centre and open green space.
Resident Jason Ainsworth, 42, told The Advertiser, traffic can already be a nightmare with the road being so close to the A50 and JCB.
He 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.
“It is not easy. 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.”
Tony Carter, 66, of nearby Bamford Grove, added: “They are proposing to put in traffic lights which will make it impossible to get out.
“Where are the doctors and dentists coming from? They are over stretched as it is.”
Paul Roach, 33, said: “The existing area has a public footpath but are going to enlarge it to make a cycle path as well which will go through on to the next estate.
“The litter from the school children will be a nightmare.
“The whole estate is not meant to be self-sufficient as they want it to be part of Uttoxeter.
“This means the benefits to the town centre is minimal.
“It is a flawed plan.”
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.