DEVELOPERS behind controversial plans for 700 houses in Uttoxeter have revealed they are still in talks over the possibility of a new first school on the site.
St Modwen is planning to build the large-scale development on land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.
As well as the houses, the plans comprise an area which will incorporate 10 hectares of employment space and will benefit from sports and recreational facilities, a small retail centre and the provision of open green space.
The original plans included space for a new first school to deal with the influx of families but Mike Timmins, senior planning surveyor at St Modwen, has said this is still up for discussion as the money could be invested in Tynsel Parkes First School, in School Road, instead.
He told the Post and Times: “We do not mind if the money is put towards the existing Tynsel Parkes or a new school is built on the site.
“We had a lot of responses from families that like Tynsel Parkes and do not want anything to jeopardise it.
“We are keeping an open mind as to which way it will go.
“Uttoxeter Town Council gave the impression they were not for a new first school but we need to deal with the education authority at Staffordshire County Council and it is their call.
“We are flexible and we will go either way with it.”
Mr Timmins added that the company is very excited about the plans for the development and they hope they will receive planning approval from East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee in the near future.
He said: “This is an exciting scheme and we hope that it will be brought forward very soon.
“We hope that the application will be before the borough council’s planning committee very soon.”
St Modwen has recently revealed the development, if granted planning permission, would be built in stages with the 250 homes on the southern part of the site first on the list.
The plans have been under the spotlight since they were first revealed with residents fearing the area would not be able to handle the influx of traffic particularly with plans for a new JCB factory in the pipeline.
However, the company said this have already been assessed by Staffordshire County Council and the Highways Authority.
A major scheme to improve the A50 is also hoped to ease the traffic concerns of residents living near to the proposed development, particularly in Tunnicliffe Way.