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Tean flood plain home plans thrown out after debate

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PLANS to build 70 houses on a site which sits outside a village settlement boundary and falls within flood zone three have been thrown out.

The public gallery was full at last week’s meeting of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning applications committee when a long debate took place over a proposed development planned for a site in Cheadle Road, Upper Tean for Renew Land Developments Ltd.

Seventy seven people along with a parish council had objected to the proposal.

Objectors stated the site flooded and the development would create more problems and would also have a harmful impact on the ecology and wildlife.

Speaking to the committee objector Thomas Christopher said: “This plan could be soul destroying for the village. It is the last remaining green site in Upper Tean.

“The developers have been disrespectful and told us the plan was in the bag and would go ahead.”

Councillor Keith Flunder, who was representing Checkley Parish Council said residents views in the area had not been taken into account.

He said: “There was flooding 800 metres down in Tean in 2012. This will cause more problems in Tean during construction and during high rainfall.

“This is being forced on an overcrowded village and thousands of new homes are to added to Cheadle. We cannot cope.

“There are concerns that Tean Hall Mill, which has been converted for housing, is still half empty. This development could also put back the Fole Dairy approved scheme.”

Ward councillor Mark Deaville also raised concern that Tean Hall Mill was half empty.

He said: “This application is a none starter. It will have a major impact. We have seen the misery flooding has had in the village which has forced people to leave their homes.”

Councillors voted by 11 to one to refuse the application with one abstention.

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