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Green fight for Stafford village green goes to Supreme court

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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DETERMINED residents battling to get land declared a village green to stop houses being built on it are taking their fight to the Supreme Court.

The Village/Town Green(VTG) Committee fighting to protect the land off Falmouth Avenue, Baswich, has been granted a hearing.

Members are now awaiting a date from the Supreme Court, which could take months.

The members say the site is used extensively by people in the area and they want to stop any future development on the land. It follows plans by Stafford and Rural Homes for 97 homes.

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They feel so strongly about it that the residents have rushed to stump up cash from their own pockets to pay the legal fees.

But this week the county council revealed it was due to put a planning application in for the Falmouth Avenue land within weeks, which would be before the Supreme Court hearing.

VTG members say the move will be a waste of public money as if the Supreme Court declares the land a village green no development will be allowed anyway.

Ted Bailey, from the group, said: “Our information is that this application for planning permission will be submitted within the next few weeks but it will definitely be before the Supreme Court case has been heard.

“It is a gross and irresponsible waste of public funds to make this application because if the land is granted VTG status then building will never be allowed and the planning expenses will have been futile and pointless.”

Councillor Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said: “The demand for housing is outstripping supply and as a county council we have a duty to look at sites which may be good for housing to help meet the growing need for affordable homes for families.

“Residents have been aware for several years that this land had excellent potential for housing and we are looking to submit a formal planning application to the borough council in the coming weeks.”



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