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Eccleshall faces 'mass invasion' from housing developers

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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ECCLESHALL is facing a "mass invasion" of housing developments that could swamp the area's facilities, parish councillors have warned.

If three developments currently in the pipeline are approved, they would bring the total of more new houses for the town to over 400 - increasing its size by a third, a meeting of the parish council's planning committee was told.

They would be in addition to up to 80 homes already approved for a site near Eccleshall Community Centre, and housing being developed for elderly people on Newcastle Road.

Councillors fear yet more schemes could be unveiled in coming weeks.

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Planing committee chairman David Pimble commented: "We as a parish council are wholly against so much development in one go.

"Developers are all trying to get on the bandwagon while there is no local plan or neighbourhood plan in place."

And Councillor Mary Dodkins told the meeting: "A 35 per cent increase in the population of Eccleshall scares me. The local infrastructure could not cope - the school is already full.

"We are faced with some 15 years' worth of development all in one go, and it is absolutely ludicrous."

Councillor Luke Serjeant said consultations showed residents wanted small-scale new developments, not large housing estates - but the option of smaller developments had been ruled out by government planning policies.

J Ross Developments have unveiled plans for 80 new homes on a site at Cross Butts, of Newport Road in Eccleshall, while Richborough Estates is seeking to build 130 homes between Badgers Croft and Stafford Road.

The meeting heard that another scheme was due to be announced shortly for 80 homes on a site off Shaws Lane.

No formal planning applications have yet been submitted, but Richborough Estates will be holding a public exhibition of their plans at Eccleshall's Methodist church hall on April 2.

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