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Redhill Park - At the third time of asking

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

By Gail Atkinson

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A LONG-AWAITED decision on a massive business park near Stafford is expected today .

Staffordshire County Council wants to build the park, which it says will create 2,000 jobs, on land off the A34 north at Redhill, a brownfield site.

A decision on the application has been deferred twice - in June and August - the latest to allow Staffordshire County Council to review the access arrangements.

Members of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee, who will make a decision on the plans, were concerned at the lack of a left turning lane into the development from the A34 northbound.

They also felt the right turning lane from the southbound A34 could be too short.

The application has been amended since its first submission to exclude all office accommodation. Since August it has been amended again to include the off-site transportation of surplus excavated soil.

The plans have the backing of Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy who was elected on a ticket of boosting employment.

They are also supported by Councillor Gareth Snell, leader of Newcastle-under- Lyme Borough Council and neighbouring authorities Cannock Chase and Lichfield District Councils.

But Creswell parish council has objected saying it has a number of “substantial and significant concerns.” Some six neighbours cited concerns including the possibility of flooding and noise pollution.

The City of Stoke-on-Trent Council originally objected to the plans but has since withdrawn its opposition.

A report to the committee, which sits today, said: “The advantages of the proposed development, particularly the significant weight placed on the need to support economic growth as a national priority, outweigh any individual or cumulative disadvantages. Accordingly, there are no adverse impacts that would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits of the proposal.”

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