CONSTRUCTION chiefs have hit back at accusations they are working ‘on the cheap’ in creating an enormous development in Uttoxeter.
St Modwen has submitted plans for 700 homes, a new primary school and business units on the western outskirts of the town.
Last week, town councillors slammed the firm for ‘ignoring’ a host of suggestions put forward during a meeting six months ago.
Among the ideas parish bosses put forward were a relief road between Bramshall Road and the A50, a ‘buffer’ of greenbelt land between the development and the Heath and the scrapping of the new school.
St Modwen senior planning surveyor Mike Timmins said: “The provision of a first school is a requirement of the County Council.
“If they decide it’s no longer required, we’ll revise the proposals accordingly.
“A significant ‘green buffer’ is already proposed for the site, including the retention of natural landscape features, open space and the proposed school playing fields.”
Mr Timmins said St Modwen has incorporated suggested changes including the repositioning of the school and playing fields, more tree and hedgerow planting and improved cycling and pedestrian paths.
Company representatives recently met with Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council to discuss traffic issues and the possibility of installing ‘gateway and speed awareness signs’.
Mr Timmins said: “The consultation was well attended and highlighted where people believed we could improve.
“All were considered before a revised proposal incorporating some of these suggestions was submitted.
“This outline application is to establish principles of development and more detailed liaison will follow with both the borough and county councils and other statutory bodies.”