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Mystery over Stafford land sales

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

Councillor Frank James speaks at the meeting

Councillor Frank James speaks at the meeting

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MYSTERY surrounds the sale of several plots of land in Stafford, sparking residents’ fears the land could be neglected or built on.

A buyer, believed be from Stafford, purchased three lots of land in Bracken Close, Harcourt Way and Dell Close in March this year. The sales are believed to have totalled around £39,000.

Since then, several residents have been approached by someone acting on behalf of the buyer, asking if they would like to purchase small parcels of land near their homes, such as small grass verges.

The residents had no idea the land had been sold, and around 50 people crammed into a meeting at The Luck Penny pub on August 28 to hear the situation set out by Stafford borough councillor Frank James, whose home in Crab Lane is located within one of the areas.

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He said: “Barringtons Solicitors sold the land on behalf of Biltons builders. The buyer bought three lots and within those lots are several parcels of land.

“I’ve had so many people coming to me and panicking about this. There are about three or four sections that could be developed if he could get planning permission.

“We don’t know who this guy is or what his intentions are. All we know is he has bought the land and has offered to sell some little parts to residents for thousands of pounds. I’m urging people not to panic and buy the land. If we have to buy it together we will, but I don’t think we should.

“We have tree preservation orders on that land and the likelihood of it being developed on is a 99% no.”

Residents previously vowed to protect the open space after the green area at Harcourt Way was put up for auction last year, along with two other lots in Holmcroft and Parkside containing land in Bracken Close, Dell Close and Paddock Close. But that sale was withdrawn.

A resident who did not wish to be named told the Newsletter: “My son has played football on the green and we want to protect the space. We’re concerned about what will be done with the land. We just want to know what’s going on.”

Another resident, Wayne Williams said he is the only person to have spoken to the buyer. He said: “The chap has not mentioned anything about building and this is all being blown well out of proportion.

“The guy is from Stafford so he knew about the history of the land. He approached residents to see if there was any interest in buying from him.”

The Newsletter contacted Barringtons to get in touch with the buyer, but had not received a response at the time of going to press. 

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