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Eccleshall homes plans causing concerns for residents who hope to have parish plan in place by Autumn

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

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WORRIED Eccleshall councillors are hoping to get their parish plan in place by the autumn amid fears a raft of new houses will be forced on the village.

Householders are concerned they are being deluged with applications and could be left without redress if the parish plan is not in place soon.

It follows concerns across Stafford Borough about scores of planning applications coming in for homes because the authority does not yet have a local development plan in place.

The plan, part of the Local Development Framework, which sets out how land can be used and developed over the next 20 years, has been submitted to the Government for approval. The authority was forced to go back to the drawing board after its first version was rejected in 2006/7.

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But there have been numerous planning applications lodged across the borough in recent months, prompting fears developers are rushing to get them approved while there is still no plan in place.

Plans for 130 new homes at Badgers Croft in Eccleshall by the Richborough Estates has already caused concern, with residents forming an action group to oppose the proposals..

Representatives from Richborough Estates met with Eccleshall Parish Council last week to provide more details of the plans.

At the meeting Councillor David Pimble said: "There is no way of stopping developers applying for large planning developments at the moment. Planners have to have good planning reasons to refuse them. We need a neighbourhood plan, which we can do once the local plan for the borough, is done. Without it there is a good chance applications can get through on appeal. We hope to get our plan ready by the Autumn."

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