BOSSES behind controversial plans for 700 houses in Uttoxeter are preparing for the next stage after being given the green light by planning chiefs.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee granted St Modwen permission for the outline planning application earlier this week for the houses on land west of Uttoxeter, between the A50 and Bramshall Road.
Now the regeneration specialist is preparing a detailed application to submit to the committee as well as carrying out a programme of surveys.
The councillors granted permission but asked for some assurances after residents raised concerns about traffic, extra cars, noise, the need for a school, flooding and pollution.
Mike Timmins, senior planning surveyor at St Modwen, said: “We’re really pleased to have been granted planning permission to move forward with this significant development in Uttoxeter.
“The project will help address the need for housing in the local area, as well as create opportunities for businesses.
“We were particularly delighted with the council’s comments on the effectiveness and comprehensive nature of the public consultation on our proposals, that were undertaken last year.
“This has enabled us to make changes to the scheme that will further benefit the existing local community and those looking to move to the area.
“Our aim is to continue to work alongside the borough and county councils, the town and rural parish councils and community groups to ensure the successful delivery of the project.
“The site is in a location that is ideal for this type of mixed use development, due to its proximity to local shops, community amenities and the transport network.
“We will now be preparing detailed plans and a programme of surveys and works with a view to starting initial site works as soon as possible.”
The developer was granted planning permission for a development of 700 homes as well as 10 hectares of employment space, a first school, sports and recreational facilities, a small local retail centre and open green space.
Mr Timmins added: “The community-focused development will bring much needed new homes to the town as well as generate significant opportunities for local employment.”