ANGRY residents are warning that local services will buckle under the strain if a series of housing developments to the south of Stafford get the go-ahead.
A consultation meeting was held by developers on Monday over proposals for 225 homes on farmland off Stockton Lane, Weeping Cross.
Meanwhile Staffordshire County Council has finally submitted a formal application for 97 houses on land off Falmouth Avenue - despite an ongoing campaign by local residents to have the recreation area declared a village green.
And some 200 houses are in the pipeline for the former police headquarters site, while another development at Saxonfields, off Baswich Lane, will add yet more - bringing the total of new homes to in excess of 500.
Baswich borough councillor Ann Edgeller has called a meeting at Leasowes School, Porlock Avenue on Thursday, June 12, at 7pm for residents to debate the overall impact of the proposed schemes.
Ted Bailey, one of the organisers of the Falmouth Action Group which is fighting the county council's plans, warned that schools, roads and other facilities would not be able to cope.
"This side of town is getting a bashing," said Mr Bailey, of Falmouth Avenue. "If you add all these developments together, it is clear the effect that they will have on traffic, which is already bad enough.
"I had to pick my daughter from Stafford station recently, and it took me 45 minutes to do a 2.7 mile journey - and I was beaten by a woman walking into town."
Development firm Hallam Land Management will be unveiling proposals for the 52-acre site beyond Stockton Lane at a consultation meeting and exhibition on Monday, at Walton High School, 4pm-7.30pm.
The Leasowes meeting has been organised by local councillors Ann Edgeller and Paul Trainor. Councillor Edgeller said: "You can't just keep on building houses with no new infrastructure, health facilities or school places. There is a lot of concern about the combined effect of these proposed developments, We have called this meeting so local residents can have a voice."