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Hixon residents object to plans for another extension to the village's industrial estate

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 27, 2014

Hixon Airfield Industrial Estate

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HIXON residents are objecting to plans for another industrial estate extension - the size of 50 football pitches.

Householders fear the development at Hixon Airfield Industrial Estate would be excessive and wreck the historical site of the WWII runway.

An outline application has been lodged with Stafford Borough Council for the extension to accommodate a range of potential businesses, including general industrial, storage and distribution, and office space.

But householders in Hixon are concerned the whole area will be overdeveloped after another application was given the go ahead in neighbouring New Road.

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That application by Hixon Air and Ground was given outline planning permission in 2012 for general industry and storage and distribution.

Hixon Parish Council has voted to object to the industrial estate proposals and is calling on Stafford Borough councillors to listen.

Council chairman Brendan Mckeown said: "Our previous view was that we would support applications within the boundaries of the industrial estate. But the New Road plan was given outline planning permission and although it is yet to be built, if we had that and this new development it would be over intensification.

"This is an awful lot of land, the size of 50 football pitches. If we don't object what will we end up with?"

Fellow Lea Road resident and Councillor David Sephton, added: "It would impact on the runway - an undesignated historical asset."

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