RESIDENTS’ long wait to find out how many houses will be built and where is expected to end in the spring.
Stafford Borough Council’s local development framework (LDF) is expected to be approved in March or April after being submitted for consideration by the government.
The borough’s last local plan was adopted in 2001. Its replacement was rejected by planning inspector David Fenton in 2006/7 who called it “unsound”.
The news plan proposes that 10,000 homes be built in the borough at a rate of 500 a year. That would mean a total of 5,500 homes over the plan period, exceeding the target to maintain a five-year supply.
Most of the new homes 7,200 (72 per cent) - will be in Stafford town, while 800 (8 per cent) are planned in Stone town with 1,200 (12 per cent) spread across Eccleshall, Gnosall, Hixon, Great Haywood, Little Haywood/Colwich, Haughton, Weston, Woodseaves, Barlaston, Tittensor and Yarnfield which have been designated key service villages.
However villagers in Gnosall claim there is a building free- for-all with developers targeting the village and up to 600 homes in the pipeline.
Ward Councillor Mike Smith said the plan should be approved by April but in the meantime he has asked for guidance.
“I have written to my MP asking for clarification on what should happen in this intervening time,” he said.
The plan says: “The distribution proposed in Spatial Principle SP4 reflects the consideration of alternative development strategies.
“As a result new development focused on the county town of Stafford, the market town of Stone and a number of principal settlements has been identified as the most sustainable choice for distributing new development.”
It adds: “All of the locations have sufficient available land to accommodate future growth.