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Stafford planners approve unpopular housing plans despite road safety concerns

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

INFILL...Haywood and Hixon Councillor Alan Perkins fears boundaries between the Haywoods will be lost

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PLANNERS have approved proposals for between up to 20 homes in Little Haywood in spite of concerns about road safety.

Members of Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee visited the site west of Coley Lane yesterday after deferring a decision on the plans by St Modwen two weeks ago.

Resident Victoria Gilbert of Billington Avenue told the authority’s planning committee: “With up to 50 extra vehicles surely there will be an increase in the safety risk on lanes that already have real safety issues.”

Mike Timmins, St Modwen’s senior planning surveyor, said: “It’s a fairly small development that relates well to the village. The advice from the county council is that they have no objections on any of the grounds that might be traffic related.”

Ward Councillor Alan Perkins said: “This is the start of the infill between the two villages (Little Haywood and Great Haywood). It will be the second of four corners of the piece of land that separates them to be developed.”

Proposing the plans be passed Councillor Malcolm Millichap said: “I don’t think this small development is going to create too much of a problem.”

The application was approved by eight votes to two subject a contribution of £60,000 for leisure facilities and £500 a house to mitigate for any impact on the Cannock Chase special area of conservation.

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