PLANS to build 55 homes on Gnosall's Knightley Road would create 'extremely dangerous' traffic conditions and be 'grossly unfair' to residents, a couple who live on the road have said.
The application, submitted by Grasscroft Homes and Property would see 55 houses built on the land between Quarry Cottage to the north and the health centre to the south on Knightley Road.
But a couple who live on Knightley Road have issued a formal objection to the application, on a number of grounds, including that the development uses greenbelt land originally intended for agricultural use, ruining the semi-rural feel of that area of the village and goes against the Government's stated desire to see brownfield sites development first.
"Many people within this area live here because they enjoy being close to open countryside," the couple's comments read. "This development will in effect make that further away."
In their comments, which are available to see alongside the plans on Stafford Borough Council's planning website, Mr and Mrs Geraghty go on point out that the proposed entrance and exit to the development is on a narrow road where Knightley Road narrows to a country lane.
"This will be extremely dangerous for both traffic and pedestrians," they say. " Even if the roads were to be widened, the lane to the north of the development is still very narrow and is not suitable for a large extra amount of commuter traffic.
Their letter of objection goes on to say over the last 16 years Knightley Road, a residential road with families that include elderly people, children and pets, has become increasingly busy because of the growth in commuter traffic.
"The amount of extra traffic generated by this development will make the road even busier and noisier and more dangerous for residents," they say. "It is grossly unfair to the residents of Knightley Road to have all this extra traffic imposed on them."
Mr and Mrs Geraghty write that they and their friends and neighbours moved to the area to be in a quieter, more rural environment.
"The extra traffic will completely ruin what is currently a very pleasant place to live in.
The Geraghty's say the development, along with the raft of other housing proposals currently submitted or pending in Gnosall will have the effect of turning the village into a small town, but without the infrastructure or amenities to support that level of population.
"We have no objection to a small amount of housing being built for local people who grew up in Gnosall and wish to remain in the village," they say. "This development, when added to the others being planned, far exceeds what is needed."
Gnosall Parish Council have organised a public meeting to discuss the plans on Thursday evening in the Grosvenor Centre from 7.30pm.
You can view the application by visiting Stafford Borough Council's planning website here and entering the reference number 13/19051/OUT.