A DEVELOPER whose application to build up to 320 homes on a greenfield site was refused has complained to planners and say they may appeal.
Stafford-based Milwood Land say they spent hundreds of thousands of pounds having been told the application for land between Ashflats and the A449 Moss Pit, would be recommended for approval.
They also claim there are no planning grounds to reject the proposals which brought objections from more than 50 residents.
The company has sent its letter to every member of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee after they rejected the plans.
Members said it would be “absolute lunacy” to put a new junction on what they said was Stafford’s busiest road.
The applicant’s letter said: “The site will produce 94 badly needed affordable homes in a very short time frame as we are already negotiating this with your selected provider South Staffs Housing and will help considerably with your council’s massive shortfall of provision of affordable housing.”
In a report to the committee planning officers said they had a five-year supply of housing.
Milwood said: “We question your officer’s statement on the five-year supply and no doubt we and many others in the pipeline will again test this on appeal if necessary.
“Nowhere in the National Planning Policy Framework does it say planning approval should not be given even if the council has a five-year supply.”
The application has been called in by Councillor Geoff Rowlands because of concerns about access to the A449 and the authority’s planning committee will consider the application tomorrow (FRI).
Councillor Bryan Cross said: “It is absolute lunacy to put an access at this point.”
Councillors voted by 11-0 to reject the plan saying the site lay outside the planning boundary and there were more suitable sites available in the town.