DEVELOPERS behind a controversial plan for 700 houses in Uttoxeter have met with councillors in a bid to ease their concerns - while revealing the first school may be scrapped from the proposal.
Mike Timmins, of St Modwen Developments, and Christopher Timothy, of CT Planning, met with Uttoxeter Town Council after the authority raised objections to the plans for the houses on land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.
The council’s objections to the plans included the traffic survey not demonstrating there will not be a negative effect on road safety, a new first school is not necessary, there is not enough ‘green buffer’ land between the heath ward and the proposed properties, no direct link road for HGVs between the A50 and Bramshall Road which would reduce the number going through the town centre and there is no guarantee the employment land will be developed.
Mr Timmins said: “I am a little disappointed as we had a good, positive meeting last time and we promised to come back and we have been a little delayed in that.”
Mr Timothy, who said the work would be done in phases with plans for 250 homes on the southern part of the site to be built first, went through each of the objection, stating the traffic information that has been submitted was assessed by Staffordshire County Council and the Highways Agency. He said that at this stage there is no indication there will be any unacceptable impact on the existing traffic situation in Uttoxeter.
It was also revealed at the meeting that plans for the first school proposed for the site may not go ahead with money invested in Tynsel Parkes First School instead. The councillors were told that Staffordshire County Council had said there is no need for the school to serve the development.
Mr Timothy said: “We recognise the town council’s acknowledgement of planning gain for the community as HGVs would not use the site as a rat run.”
However, councillors told their guests they were raising the concerns of the residents they were elected to represent.
Andrew Riley said: “When you first came to see us it was at the very early stages and it was identified as a preferred option.
“We are not against the development per say but a lot of our electorate have raised considerable concerns and we have a duty to honour their concerns.
“The junction at The Parks is a major concern as it sees a lot of domestic and industrial traffic. It is also overly congested at the McDonalds roundabout.”
Alan Noyes added: “None of us can believe that with 700 houses there will be no impact on the traffic.
“You are saying the Staffordshire County Council is happy with it so end of story. We have some specific concerns there are errors in the report.” At the end of the visit Mr Timmins said that plans are likely to evolve as the scheme moves forward.