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Public meeting called to discuss Doxey homes

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: June 18, 2014


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Developer Bellway submitted plans to build 170 new homes on land south of the main Doxey road last month. But parish councillors and residents feel their concerns about the plans, raised at a public consultation event last year, have not been considered. Issues include the siting of the new development’s access road, which would be just metres from the entrance to Doxey School. At Thursday’s Doxey Parish Council meeting resident Iain Simpson called on councillors to organise a public meeting to discuss the plans. In his objection letter to the borough council he said: “The Bellway plans cram as many houses as possible onto the land that they control and assume that all other facilities will be provided at a later stage by someone else. “If the Bellway proposal is implemented in isolation there is a real possibility that the development of the remaining area will be carried out without the needs of Doxey residents being considered. The facilities lacking in the Bellway plan such as shops and playing fields may well be placed further away from the houses in Doxey. “We accept that the area between our house and Stafford Castle will be built on. But it is imperative that it is done in a manner that future generations will appreciate.” Many residents have written to Stafford Borough Council to object to the plans and they will be able to make their views known at the meeting, which has been organised for Thursday, June 26. Stafford Borough Council planning officers and representatives from Bellway are also being invited to the meeting at St Thomas and St Andrew’s Church, which starts at 7pm. Doxey Parish Council chairman David Adams said: “(Bellway) did listen to our concerns and promised to go away and look at them. They don’t appear to have taken anything on board we pointed out.” Parish and borough councillor Isabella Davies, who has called in the application for discussion by the borough council’s planning committee, said: “There are no shops or a doctors’ surgery we asked for.” Councillor Neil Thomas added: “Our powers are limited but we do claim to represent the people of Doxey. We should make it clear we do not accept this.”

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