PLANNERS behind a huge development that would change the landscape of Uttoxeter forever are ‘doing it on the cheap’, parish bosses have claimed.
On Wednesday night, Uttoxeter Town Council resolved to lodge a formal objection St Modwen’s’ plans to build 700 homes, a new primary school and business units on land West of the town.
Councillors slammed the firm for ‘blindly ignoring’ the suggestions its representatives asked for just six months ago.
The move is the latest blow to St Modwen’s’ proposals after residents at the company’s recent public presentation described them as ‘an absolute joke’.
Alan Noyes, who investigated and analysed the plans, distributed his findings to colleagues at Wednesday’s meeting.
Councillor Noyes said: “When St Modwen’s gave us a presentation six months ago, we welcomed the employment aspect of the development.
“On the housing, we didn’t object as long as it had no detrimental influence on the lives of the people of Uttoxeter.
“We told them that, if we were to support the plans, we wanted a relief road from Bramshall Road to the A50 and a buffer of greenbelt land between the development and the Heath.
“We also made it clear we didn’t agree with having another primary school in town as the existing ones still have capacity to take more pupils.
“After perusing their ideas, they’ve not taken any of our suggestions into consideration.
“If we’ve got 700 houses, that’s 1,400 more cars in Uttoxeter and, the way they’ve designed it, they’ll all be coming through Bramshall Road and Stone Road or past the Three Tuns.
“Their traffic study doesn’t show there won’t be a negative effect on road safety, particularly for school children, or congestion in the town centre.”
Uttoxeter mayor Hugh Montgomery said: “It strikes me that, on the basis of what they said when we said we’re not against the housing, they seem to think they can do it on the cheap.
“There also appears to be no guarantee that the land earmarked for employment will actually be developed, which is another huge concern.”
Mike Timmins, senior planning surveyor for St. Modwen's: "We're disappointed not to have been invited to the recent Uttoxeter Town Council meeting as it would have given us the opportunity to present our updated proposals and answer questions directly.
"We were, however, invited to and attended the Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council meeting last Tuesday.
"We are also disappointed not to have been given sufficient time to respond fully to the issues raised by councillors and covered in this article.
"We therefore welcome the opportunity afforded to us to by Uttoxeter News to give a more formal and comprehensive response to these points in next week’s edition."