CONTROVERSIAL plans to built 700 houses along with a first school have been given the green light – despite fierce objections from members of the public.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to St Modwen for the outline application for the site on land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.
The plans also include 10 acres of employment space, a ‘mixed use local centre’, engineering works and open green space.
Alan Noyes, of Uttoxeter Town Council, and Jean Pattinson Evans, of Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council, both raised concerns to the councillors about the increase in traffic the new houses would bring to Uttoxeter and Bramshall.
Councillor Noyes said: “There is no direct link road between the A50 and Bramshall Road. We have met with St Modwen and been told they are not adverse to a link road.”
Councillor Pattinson Evans added: “The village cannot handle any increase in traffic.
“We need traffic calming measures in place before they start with this development.”
Tunnicliffe Way resident Jason Ainsworth raised five points of concern with the committee including the potential increase in noise from the traffic on the A50 and the new cars, the houses will be used by commuters, noise pollution from the industrial units and the ongoing uncertainty over the future of the Parks restaurant. He also asked if Uttoxeter really need a new first school.
Resident John Barry Thaker also raised concerns about flooding to his property as this has been a continuous problem in the past and he fears it will get worse. Roycroft Lodge owner
Graham Paskett spoke out in support of the plans.
Agent Christopher Timothy said the application was for a ‘sustainable urban extension plan which was in-line with the council’s local plan on land set aside for development.
He added they were flexible with access to the site.
He said: “This development will bring new housing and employment as well as new community facilities.
“It will help ensure Uttoxeter remains competitive and vibrant.”
After hearing all of the speakers, Councillor Colin Whittaker asked for some more security on the site to protect the residents and some ‘firm assurances’ about how it will be developed.
Councillor Ron Clarke said: “It appears the vast majority are in favour of the plans and I think that we have seen very good progress.
“We do need some kind of assurances with that road network. I will support the plans but we do need certain assurances.”
The committee unanimously agreed to permit the plans with an added condition not to commence with the work without first submitting and gaining approval for a road linking the southern and northern access.
After the meeting, Mr Ainsworth said: “The councillors listened to my arguments and one did mention they did want to leave plenty of green space and the original oak trees between Tunnicliffe Way and the new development.”