VILLAGERS in Gnosall fighting plans for 150 homes on the land south of Stafford Road have urged residents to make their feelings known to Staffordshire County Council.
Campaigners from Gnosall Residents Against Indiscriminate Development (GRID) told the Newsletter they were ‘disappointed but not surprised’ to learn the application had been filed just days after a petition signed by 844 local people had been formally presented to the county council to ask them to think again about their plans for the site.
Gail Gregory said: “Residents who attended the exhibition on these plans earlier this year, overwhelmingly rejected them.
“However, it is abundantly clear that this council listens to residents only when it suits them - apparently 70 voices saying they are interested in saving the swimming pool (a very worthy cause) is sufficient to signal a groundswell of public opinion but 800-plus names against this development is not.”
Mrs Gregory urged local people to voice their objections to the application, either in writing, direct to the county council or by formally responding to the application by accessing Stafford Borough Council’s public planning access website and quoting the application number 13/19587/OUT.
“Many people signed the petition who are not officially members of GRID,” said Mrs Gregory. “If every one of them now formally objects, that would be brilliant.
“I have no doubt they are hoping that submission at this time of year will mean people have less time to voice their feelings - but they are wrong.”
Mrs Gregory said she believed there was a raft of material planning considerations against the proposed development and GRID intended to ensure every single one of them was voiced in the official response.
The closing date for responses to the plans is January 23rd.
“The closing date to respond to the plans is January 23 but we need to get our objections in as fast as possible so that they realise we mean business,” she added.