PROPOSALS for a large scale housing development in Uttoxeter have been given the green light by community leaders – despite the plans being recommended for refusal by a council officer. East Staffordshire Borough Council's planning committee decided, at their meeting on Wednesday, May 24, to pass plans for “an outline application for the erection of up to 148 dwellings, formation of town park and re-naturalisation of Picknall Brook and alteration of existing vehicular access off Hockley Road, Pinfold Street and Old Knotty Way including details of access”, at Bamford Works in Pinfold Street, Uttoxeter. The 'green light' decision came after an ESBC planning officer had recommended refusal of the proposals “based on the level of affordable housing being proposed by the applicants at this stage.”
In their report to councillors, the planning officer stated: “The application site consists of 6.5 hectacres of brownfield land to the south of the Uttoxeter town centre that was largely formerly occupied by a JCB factory (the Bamford Works).
“The site comprises two distinct land parcels which are bisected by both the Derby to Stoke railway and Picknall Brook and which in overall terms are bounded by Hockley Road, Balance Street, Pinfold Street, Bridge Street and Old Knotty Way.”
They also stated that the Staffordshire County Council Highway Authority had raised no objections in principle to the scheme and other statutory consultees had raised no objections that cannot be overcome via planning conditions.
They added: “Uttoxeter Town Council state that they welcome the development and have no objections.”
The report also revealed that seven residents/interested parties made representations raising objections/concerns on issues including the impact of the proposals in relation to the scale of the buildings and the proposed architectural styles, the traffic and parking implications and the potential increased flood risks.
The planning officer concluded: “It is considered that the submitted scheme – and any associated necessary Section 106 Agreement – could in principle be compliant with the provisions of the relevant development plan policies and the National Planning Policy Framework.
“However, in one key aspect there is a matter of disagreement with the applicants; namely in relation to the point in the development process at which an accurate conclusion can be reached on the commensurate and appropriate level of affordable housing provision.”
However, the ESBC planning committee voted to give planning permission to the applicants.
An ESBC spokesperson told the Times & Echo: “The percentage of affordable housing is to be deferred to the reserved matters stage where some, or all, of the outstanding details of the outline application proposal are decided.”
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