15:00 Tuesday 21 January 2014

Town council to object to plans for 140 houses

Written byJENNY MOODY

07/10/13 protest group pic - Uttoxeter, UttoxeterPicknalls Valley Action Group - Fred Hopwood, Jennie and Graham Paskett, Peter Coffin, Alan Gibson, Alan Noyes 07/10/13 protest group pic - Uttoxeter, UttoxeterPicknalls Valley Action Group - Fred Hopwood, Jennie and Graham Paskett, Peter Coffin, Alan Gibson, Alan Noyes

COUNCILLORS have unanimously agreed to object to plans for 140 houses on farmland in Uttoxeter.

Uttoxeter Town Council discussed plans for Roycroft Farm, off Stone Road, after Gleeson Homes made a outline planning application to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee.

The application also asked for the development of the access to the site, the extension of Bramshall Road Park and the demolition of outbuildings.

Councillor Andrew Riley said: “I want to object to the application on the grounds it has already been refused in 1989 and from what I can gather nothing has changed.

“My main concern is the level of traffic. It is saying there is no suggestion of an impact on traffic and we know that it is a local concern. I strongly object to it.”

Councillor Alan Noyes agreed with objecting to the plans, stating: “It was rejected 20 years ago on traffic grounds and it is worse now so if it was rejected then it should be rejected now. Also nearly 2,000 residents have signed a petition to stop building along the site of Bramshall Park.”

Councillor James Russell added: “I support opposing the plans.

“It would lead to losing the character of the area as it would take away the green corridor that leads out of the town.”

Gleeson Homes has also outlined plans to turn Bramshall Road Park into a ‘family destination’ – after formally applying to get their 140-home proposal next to the park adopted on to the borough local plan.

If it gets its proposal to build on land at Roycroft Farm adopted to the plan, it will represent a major blow to protestors who signed a petition organised by the Picknall Valley Preservation Group against the development in 2013.

If included in the local plan, Roycroft Farm would become one of the official sites earmarked for development in the next 20 years.

Graham Paskett, of the protest group, said: “Gleeson Developments, and their Birmingham based advisors, Turley Associates, would do better to take note of the voices of almost 3,000 local people who have categorically said ‘no’ to housing on Picknall Valley and want to maintain Bramshall Road Park as it is, a country park used by families.

“Their attempts to sweeten East Staffordshire Borough Council to include the Roycroft Farm land in the proposed district plan with talk of cafes in the park, family destinations and riverside walk ways have an ominously hollow ring.

“Thankfully Uttoxeter Town Council has seen through this charade and unanimously voted against the planned development. The latest Gleeson’s statement, highlighting the Government’s new homes bonus, is distinctly threatening, seemingly trying to push the council into agreeing to include this land in its plan.”

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