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Plans to scrap Walton estate play areas condemned by Stone councillors

By Stone Edition  |  Posted: June 14, 2014

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PROPOSALS to scrap planned play areas on a new housing estate at Walton have been condemned by Stone town councillors.

Taylor Wimpey has submitted revised details for its scheme on a 16-acre site off Tilling Drive.

It aims to create more space between the 215 houses to be built on the site - but at the expense of play areas, which will be deleted from the scheme.

Instead the developer is offering to pay to create a playground elsewhere in Walton.

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But angry town councillors say there is nowhere else available to put a playground that would be within a reasonable distance for young families.

Members of the planning committee agreed to object to Stafford Borough Council about the amended plans.

They also urged Taylor Wimpey to build fewer houses instead, to make room for play facilities.

"It is nonsensical to suggest that you children on that estate should go off somewhere else to play," said Councillor Joyce Farnham. "To put it baldly, there is no other space in the Walton area, therefore the only possible solution is to reduce the number of homes."

And Councillor Phil Jones called on the developers to "moderate their expectations of profit" by removing a few homes, in the interests of a better place to live.

"The principles of good planing require open space on the development, not open space somewhere else half a mile away," he said.

"The developers must make room for the benefit of the people who will live in those houses."

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  • Stone_Bloke  |  June 14 2014, 7:58PM

    This is typical of Taylor Wimpey putting their profit before the welfare and enjoyment of their home buyers. I wonder how many times the application will be changed before the council buckles and approves it. This plan either needs to be approved as originally submitted or thrown out for good.