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Fresh chance for Doxey residents to speak out on controversial application

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

Fresh chance for Doxey residents to speak out on controversial application

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RESIDENTS of Doxey have a fresh chance to have their say on controversial plans to build 170 homes.

Revised plans have been submitted to Stafford Borough Council by developer Bellway Homes (West Mids) which wants to build the houses on land south of the main Doxey road.

The application had a target determination date of August 21, but Cllr Isabella Davies, who called it in to be discussed by the borough council’s planning committee, said a revised plan was submitted on August 26.

Cllr Davies, a Doxey parish councillor, said: “There’s still no village hall or a doctors’ surgery included in these new plans. The road access is still too close to Doxey School and now they’ve put a bus route in.

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“I would urge people to write to the council to have their say on the altered plans.

“We want more housing, but we want it spread out and not focused all in one place. Developers should be working together to create an overall plan.”

Residents say Bellway and Taylor Wimpey outlined plans in July last year to build hundreds of homes and provide necessary infrastructure between them.

Neil Thomas, of Doxey Parish Council, said: “There was a plan between Taylor Wimpey and Bellway setting out the overall schemes, so in essence a master plan already exists.

“I want Bellway to forget this application and stick to what they said in July 2013 about working with the master plan. Bellway has made some changes but it’s nowhere near enough.”

The subject is expected to be discussed at a meeting of the borough council’s planning committee on September 17.

Chris O’Hanlon, regional planning manager for Bellway Homes said: “We have a commitment to the delivery of homes within the West of Stafford SDL and are working as part of the Burleyfields Consortium with Stafford Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and other stakeholders to ensure our current application does not prevent delivery of the wider allocation.

“As part of our current application, we are negotiating substantial financial obligations to be delivered through a Section 106 Agreement which will enable the delivery of key infrastructure in the area including schools, public open space and highway improvements.”

The new plans can be viewed on the council’s planning website, ref: 14/20425/FUL. Anyone wishing to comment should email planning@staffordbc.gov.uk.

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