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Hundreds of new homes in Stone set to be approved

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

Hundreds of new homes in Stone set to be approved
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CONTROVERSIAL plans for 500 new homes in Stone are set to be given the green light next week.

Walton residents have said the area’s roads, schools and health centres are already struggling to cope with demand.

But Hallam Land Management’s proposal for a housing development in Walton, on land west of Longhope Drive and north of Eccleshall Road, has been recommended for approval by Stafford Borough Council.

Permission would be subject to the applicant first entering into an agreement to secure 40 per cent affordable housing and financial contributions for open space, sport and recreational facilities, highway improvements and education, a report to the committee said.

As well as 500 homes there would be two new accesses created onto the B5026 Eccleshall Road, the report said.

The council received 20 objections to the plans, with concerns including an increase in traffic on the already congested Eccleshall Road and development of green belt land.

The site is also near the proposed high speed rail route through Staffordshire.

Roger Newling-Goode, of Longhope Drive, said: “ Eccleshall Road is not capable of accommodating an estimated 3,000 additional traffic movements per day. The infrastructure in town would not cope with it either.

“The size of the application is too big – it is bigger than some Staffordshire villages and would also be an eyesore on what is a rural area.”

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