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Stafford garage hopeful of solution after St Modwen given permission for houses

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

By Gail Atkinson

Stafford garage hopeful of solution after St Modwen given permission for houses
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A STAFFORD garage says it’s business as usual after plans to put houses where they park 100 cars were passed.

An application by developer St Modwen to build eight houses on land at Milford Road, Walton-on-the-Hill which is currently used by Vauxhall Vision, went before Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee.

Some members expressed concern about the future of the garage if the land was lost to them but managing director Tim Pickering said they would find a solution.

Councillor Ian Hollinshead said: “If they can’t find alternative car parking the garage will have to shut and it’s a service lost because the developer wants to put eight houses there.”

A proposal by Councillor Malcolm Millichap to refuse the application was voted down.

He said: “Economically we have a problem. If the owner of the land issues a notice to quit we will lose the garage and 35 jobs.”

Councillor Frank James said: “If we can’t refuse this to protect those jobs we are a poor council.”

The application was passed by seven votes to four

After the meeting Mr Pickering said their lease, which expires at the end of this month, would probably be extended on a short-term basis allowing them to find a new home for their stock and staff parking.

“It’s business as usual. We employ 40 staff here and we have a huge loyal customer base. Yes this is a potential problem on the horizon which we will find a solution to. It’s definitely business as usual.”

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