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Ancient Stafford villages merge fear over housing plans

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

BOUNDARIES...Councillor Jean Tabernor fears the Haywoods will become one

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CONCERNS that two ancient villages near Stafford would be merged failed to prevent plans for up to 76 homes being approved.

Seabridge Developments Ltd applied for outline permission for a residential development on land adjacent to Jubilee playing fields in Great Haywood.

Objectors said it would erode the boundary between Great Haywood and Little Haywood.

Some 91 residents objected to the plansas did the national Trust and Colwich parish council.

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Paul Gilbert, chairman of the parish council, said: “The parish council maintains its objection. The application is contrary to current local development plan policy. This proposal alone amounts to 70 per cent of Great Haywood’s allocation for the whole of the emerging local plan period before it has even been passed.”

The company said more than 1,500 questionnaires were delivered by hand to householders at Great Haywood, Little Haywood and Colwich. There were 91 responses and most were positive.

Ward Councillor Jean Tabernor said: “This application is the start of the erosion of the green field between Little Haywood and Great Haywood which is currently farmed by a little farmer and many people enjoy walking on the public footpath. The two villages have separate identities and residents object strongly to them being joined.”

Her ward colleague Alan Perkins said: “The primary objection is the bringing together of the two villages creating an urban sprawl. These two villages have been separate for hundreds of years. Allowing this application would start the urban sprawl.”

The plans were approved unanimously subject to a £493,000 contribution to education.

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