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Eccleshall housing controversy - developers draw up revised plans

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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DEVELOPERS are revising their plans for 130 new homes at Badgers Croft, Eccleshall, after a consultation with local residents.

The Richborough Estates public exhibition was attended by more than 140 members of the community, including local residents, parish councillors and businesses.

And a group of local residents have formed an action group to fight the plans.

Badgers Against Random Encroachment (Bare) say the land, off Stafford Road, is a greenfield site outside Eccleshall’s development boundary. Organiser Frank Dickinson said Eccleshall was being “deluged with planning applications in a very random manner”.

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Richborough Estates are due to present amendments to the scheme at a meeting of Eccleshall Parish Council's planning meeting tomorrow night, April 16.

The amendment include no vehicle access through to Badgers Croft.

The main point of access from Stafford Road is now a roundabout, which the firm says would have wider safety benefits for the wider area by slowing traffic speeds on this stretch of road.

The plans also include first refusal on affordable housing for local residents and family members within the parish of Eccleshall. The developers say this is not a standard approach in the industry, but means that the needs of local people would be met before these properties were offered more widely.

Paul Campbell, director of Richborough Estates said: “We have listened carefully to the feedback from local people in Eccleshall and have revised our proposed plans to make sure they take into account the feedback we have received and to ensure that they are genuinely beneficial to people living in the town.

“We are committed to working with the local community and local authority to deliver the most successful and beneficial proposals possible, serving both the current and growing needs of the town.”

The revised scheme includes a mix of housing types, ranging from affordable bungalows to two bedroom starter homes and five bed family homes.

A total of 40 per cent of the development, or up to 52 dwellings, will be affordable housing.

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