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Stafford residents jubilant as planners refuse homes plans near a floodplain in Rickerscote

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Stafford residents jubilant as planners refuse homes plans near a floodplain in Rickerscote

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OVERJOYED Stafford residents are celebrating as plans for 122 homes which they feared would cause major problems have been thrown out.

Householders in Rickerscote were left fuming last year when Trine Developments put forward an outline application for houses on Old Rickerscote Lane.

They quickly called a public meeting with ward councillors amid concerns it would cause huge flooding and traffic chaos.

They were also worried it would involve building on or near a flood plain and would also result in the loss of agricultural land.

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Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy also backed the residents, dubbing the plans to take away another flood plain as “unwise”.

Ward Councillor Malcolm Millichap called in the application for discussion at Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee so the residents’ views could be put to members before making a decision.

But on Monday Stafford Borough Council decided under delegated powers to refuse the application.

Mr Wookie, of Basil Close, said from day one residents opposed the plans and deluged the borough council with letters and petitions so the refusal was a “common sense” decision.

 He added: “Although this refusal can and may be appealed by the developers we strongly believe that Stafford Borough Council are to be congratulated for making the correct decision regarding this misconceived planning proposal, and have responded appropriately to the concerns of local residents, who would have to have lived with the consequences forever more if the plans had been approved.”

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