A GNOSALL resident says she is “hopping mad” over plans by Staffordshire County Council to sell off land in the village for a development of 150 homes.
Gail Gregory told the Newsletter she had been dismayed by a recent public meeting where county councillor Mark Winnington presented plans for the 15 acres of land backing on to Stafford Road and linking with Lowfield Lane.
She said her major objection was that the village was already subject to multiple applications from developers who appeared to be taking advantage of the fact the parish council is still in the process of finalising a Neighbourhood Plan.
“One almost expects developers to try to make a fast buck.
"You may not like it, but that’s the way it is,” she said. “However, for the county council to propose to offer land for building when they know perfectly well how deluged we are is just beyond belief!”
Ms Gregory said many people attending the meeting had tried to persuade Councillor Winnington the plans were premature.
She said, with Stafford Borough Council having now submitted a Local Development Framework which would support the development of Neighbourhood Plans when it was formally adopted, it was “disrespectful and improper” for the county council to press ahead with their own land sale.
“It appears to be driven solely by the profit motive,” she said.
Ms Gregory said Gnosall was already facing a number of applications, with two developers planning 30 and 75 homes respectively on Lowfield Lane, two sepa- rate plans for 24 and 55 homes on Knightley Road, as well as plans expected for 119 homes on Old Barn Close, a 12-acre site in Aud- more and finally the owner of the Aqualate Estate giving notice the land is available for development.
The county council is holding a consultation meeting over the plans on September 5 at the Grosvenor Centre 4pm-8pm.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Mem- ber for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “Where there is the need for more housing it makes sense to look at areas close to sites which have already been earmarked for housing development.”
He said that the land has not been “sold off” and no planning application has yet been submitted.