SHOCKED Stone residents discovered plans were afoot for a new housing development at the edge of a town beauty spot when they found workers “checking for drains” in a field.
The men were examining the field behind existing homes on Trent Road, which links the A34 with Newcastle Road, Councillor Jill Hood said.
The residents later received brochures from Seddon Homes detailing plans for 30 homes and public open space on land to the south of Trent Road.
The construction firm said the development would be “a small sustainable extension to Stone” and feature a mix of two, three and four bedroom properties with gardens, a new public open space and access off Trent Road.
“The council plans to increase the range and type of housing available in Stone as it has been identified as a key market town in the borough,” the brochure said.
“There is not enough land inside Stone to deliver the amount of housing needed and therefore greenfield land on the edge of Stone is required to meet demand.” A planning application has yet to be submitted to Stafford Borough Council.
There will be a public consultation event at Stone Tennis Club on Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm.
But Councillor Hood said: “Stone will be up in arms about this.
“It is part of the Trent Corridor which is a beautiful spot and it floods up to people’s back gardens.”