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Stafford planners defer controversial Tillington house plans for third time

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

IT WON'T WORK...Councillor Ian Hollinshead says building houses will mean the end of football pitch

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build houses on land intended as open space have been deferred for a third time.

Hallam Land Management want to build 14 homes on land adjacent to Wootton Drive, Tillington, but planners want to see the site before they make a decision.

Members of Stafford borough Council’s planning committee were told the plans could see the authority reported to the Local Government Ombudsman for a second time.

Four years ago the authority was ordered by the LGO to pay £250 compensation to resident Tony Lavelle after being found guilty of maladministration because they failed to maintain the land for public use.

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More than 20 residents have objected because the land was originally designated as open space.

Mr Lavelle said: “The only reason we are here is because the council previously ignored policy and procedure at the expense of the residents and to do so once again would create further injustice, bring the council into disrepute and undoubtedly lead to the involvement and intervention of the Local Government Ombudsman,” he said.

Ward Councillor Isabella Davies said a footpath in the area was prone to flooding.

A report to the committee said there was an oversupply of adult football pitches in the borough.

Councillor Ian Hollinshead said: “I don’t believe the report because it’s not true. I’m sorry but I can prove it. If you build those 14 houses you are going to do away with that playing space because you are restricting the access to it. (People will) have to go through parked cars. It’s not going to work.”

Councillor Geoff Rowland said the proposals breached the council’s spatial policy.

Members voted to have a site visit before making a decision.

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