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Baswich and Weeping Cross residents meet over homes plans

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 12, 2014

By Alison Thomas

  • HOMES PLAN...225 homes are planned on land at the back of Stockton Lane and Milford Road, Stafford

  • HOMES PLAN...225 homes are planned on land at the back of Stockton Lane and Milford Road, Stafford

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RESIDENTS of Weeping Cross and Baswich are expected to pack a public meeting tonight to debate controversial housing plans for the area.

And more than 200 people visited an exhibition and consultation on one of the proposed developments on Monday.

Hallam Land Management are aiming to build 225 houses on farmland off Stockton Lane, Weeping Cross.

The plans include a playground, an undeveloped area of parkland, and a small shop serving the new estate, with a new access road created opposite the car dealership on Milford Road.

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It is the latest in a series of housing schemes for the area that could bring the number of new homes around Baswich and Weeping Cross to nearly 700 in total.

Nearby residents who visited the Stockton Lane consultation, held at Walton High School, said they were concerned about the impact on the area's roads and other facilities.

"The houses look very nice, and in isolation this looks like a good scheme," said Josephine Bennett, of Dawlish Avenue. "The problem is, this is not just one scheme in isolation - it is one in a whole series of new developments for this area.

"The traffic is already dreadful, and there are no places in the schools or at the doctors. This will make pressure on local facilities worse."

And neighbour Patricia Webb, also of Dawlish Avenue, commented: "The area is being choked. New homes may be needed, but there is no coordination between all the plans."

Lynn and Brian Richardson, of Walton-on-the-Hill, said they were concerned about another access road opening onto the busy A513 Milford Road, close to Stockton Lane, and the exit to Walton School, on The Rise.

"Our main concern is the extra traffic," said Mrs Richardson. "The access looks as if it will cause traffic problems, and the council needs to think through all these plans together, not one at a time."

A meeting at Leasowes Primary School at 7pm tonight will debate the Stockton Lane plan, along with applications for housing off Cornwall Drive, Falmouth Avenue and the former police headquarters site.

The meeting has been called by borough councillors Ann Edgeller and Paul Trainor to gauge local feeling about the schemes.

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