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Residents mobilise against plans for 137 homes near flood plain

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By Gail Atkinson

Residents mobilise against plans for 137 homes near flood plain
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RESIDENTS say plans to build 137 homes in Rickerscote will cause flooding and traffic problems.

Cannock-based Trine Developments Ltd submitted an outline application in September last year to develop land At Old Rickerscote Lane, Stafford.

Residents concerned about possible flooding have formed a group to oppose the plans.

The group has already had four meetings attended by some 50 people as well as handing in a 230-name petition to the borough council.

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Their concerns include building on or near a flood plain, traffic implications and loss of agricultural land.

Spokesman David Wookey said: “It’s right next to the flood plain. If you concrete over it the water has to go somewhere.

“There’s also a very nasty right hand bend that’s going to be the access to the development.

“With 137 new houses you have to estimate an extra 200 vehicles a day. There are extra service vehicles as well as residents’ vehicles.”

In a letter to the council Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy said: “This land is well known as an area liable to flooding and acts as a flood plain for the surrounding area. With evidence in recent years of nearby properties facing possible flooding, taking away yet more flood plain from this area would be very unwise.”

A statement by the applicants said: “The outline application demonstrates how we regard the proposals to be an appropriate and sustainable solution to the housing requirements of Stafford while utilising areas which have been identified as a potential housing site.

“This is an opportunity to transform a visually sterile environment into one which is active and vibrant.”

The plans have been called before Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee by Councillor Malcolm Millichap to consider the impact on highways and the infrastructure because of its close proximity to the flood zone.

The target date for deciding the application was January 28 but it has not gone before the committee yet.

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