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Fears Hixon is under siege from developers amid new housing proposals as residents also battle to keep village green

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 29, 2014

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A HIXON resident fears the village is under siege by developers rushing to snap up land for housing as yet another plan is put forward.

Gladman Developments is proposing a new residential development of 115 homes on land off Stowe Lane.

The company has sent out leaflets to villagers but has yet to submit a formal application to Stafford Borough Council.

But it comes in the wake of a development of 76 homes being approved off New Road and a further 12 off Hall Farm Close earlier this month, despite opposition from residents

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Householder Steve Cartwright says it feels as though the village is being jumped on by developers.

He said: "That would be a total of 209 extra houses in Hixon. Is this madness? Is Hixon the only village under siege from money mad developers trying to make a quick buck, taking advantage of national publicity, relaxed planning regulations to build houses as and where they like?

"Where are the amenities that should underpin any planning application approval? Even without this proposed 115 house development, we do not have the road structure to cope with the increased traffic, school places are already at a premium, there are just six shops, two of which are hairdressers, two fast food, with just one general store and post office. Add to this the very poor public transport services to and from Hixon."

He also fears the loss of vital public open space in Hixon and other areas of the borough.

The other Hixon housing developments at New Road and off Hall Farm Close would be accessed via existing open space on Hall Farm Close. The legalities are still to be decided as it would involve removing a covenant.

Other parts of the borough are facing similar concerns, with residents in Baswich battling to keep the green land off Falmouth Avenue for public use in the face of it being earmarked for housing.

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