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Former Stafford garden centre plans approved

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

SERIOUS...Councillor Barry Stamp said planners were caught between a rock and a hard place

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COUNCILLORS have approved retrospective plans to convert a former garden centre to a water utilities business in spite of having reservations.

It was the third time the plans from J&E Water Services Ltd had come before members of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee.

The company has established its business in Oak Lane, the site of the former Bradley Nurseries before applying for planning permission.

Residents and the parish council raised concerns about large vehicles on the lanes creating congestion and damaging the roads.

A decision had been deferred twice, the last time in February to allow officers to develop a traffic route away from Bradley village in consultation with the county council’s highways department.

The committee heard the county council had “dug their heels in.”

Resident Stewart Wilkes, of Elm Drive, said: “This road is dangerous. Highways are so entrenched in the position they refused to consider any changes to the route planning.”

Planning consultant Rob Duncan said: “The proposal represents the re-use of a commercial site and the generation of 20 jobs.”

Councillor Barry Stamp said: “It appears the only discussions that have taken place have been between the highways authority and the applicant. I know full well there was no discussion between the highways authority and the parish council.

“We are between a rock and a hard place. We have got serious road safety concerns and the committee has got a very serious decision to make. We have deferred it twice on road safety and the county council have dug their heels in.”

The plans were approved.

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