A resident in the Staffordshire Moorlands has raised concerns about a recent planning application. The site address for the application is land at Blythe Park, Sandon Road, Cresswell, Staffordshire and the proposal is: “Reserved matters application pursuant to outline planning permission SMD/2018/0789 (as amended) providing details of scale, layout, appearance and landscaping for the erection of a manufacturing building, together with outdoor storage areas, service yards, parking, landscaping, attenuation ponds and associated infrastructure.”
A resident in the Staffordshire Moorlands has raised concerns about a recent planning application.
The site address for the application is land at Blythe Park, Sandon Road, Cresswell, Staffordshire and the proposal is: “Reserved matters application pursuant to outline planning permission SMD/2018/0789 (as amended) providing details of scale, layout, appearance and landscaping for the erection of a manufacturing building, together with outdoor storage areas, service yards, parking, landscaping, attenuation ponds and associated infrastructure.”
Essentially, the area will be used to operate helicopters from Blythe Business Park.
The start of the public consultation period for this application period was June 23 and that period will end on July 27.
Resident, Luke Emery, has expressed his concerns regarding the planning application. He said: “A key concern that members of the community have expressed is the highway infrastructure in and around Cresswell and Draycott.
“Probably the most obvious concern that has been raised is the operation of aircraft from the site.
“It is curious that such a facility is planned to be located so closely to the proposed new housing provision.
“Not only may this detract potential buyers, with the combined negative factors of industrial traffic routed directly through the heart of the residential area and a proposed intensive schedule of aircraft operations, but how may this affect the ability of a prospective homeowner to get a mortgage?
“Interestingly, the submitted plan significantly exceeds the border for what already has outline planning permission.”
Luke continued: “The plans identify parking for 269 vehicles, including VIP Parking immediately adjacent to the helipad, with an area set aside for future expansions of the car park for a further 230 vehicles; questions are being asked about the strain that this may put on roads that already face significant difficulty at peak hours and often become the de facto diversion routes in the increasingly frequent event that the A50 is closed.
“The plan states that it is submitted alongside a full application for the land south of the site that is required to accommodate the development however at the time of writing this is not available to the public, some residents have questioned the validity of a reserved matters application being open for consultation at a time when the greater majority of land required does not have outline permission.
“The land itself has an infamous local history, both the residential and industrial sites being located atop land alleged to contain historic tips of toxic and potentially radioactive waste.
“Our community is looking to the future and how development in our area can work with our environment, our landscape, and our residents and not only how a development may gain from what our hamlet has to offer but how our hamlet too can gain and be enhanced by what any prospective development has to offer.”
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