An abandoned garden at a village pub is set to become a new residential plot if planning permission is granted. An application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to build four homes on a former garden adjacent to The Butcher’s Arms at Forsbrook. Objections to the plans have already been made, citing concerns over flooding, traffic and noise.
The proposal is for four detached homes, two with two bedrooms and two with three bedrooms, and all with two parking spaces.
The site, which has been acquired as a separate plot to the pub, will be accessed from the cul-de-sac East Bank Ride.
Planning officers at SMDC are set to consider the ‘full minor’ application under delegated powers.
Steve Nail from Forsbrook has objected to the proposed development. He said: “Exactly where is the sewage going to go from these properties? You as planning officers have caused massive flooding problems in this village, not Severn Trent, but you as supposedly professionals!
“All these houses in nearly every back yard you’ve allowed over the years, when have you increased the sewage capacity? Never.
“What I do want is answers to why you have allowed all this building without increasing the sewers.
“I’ve lived here for 50 years and it’s got worse, year on year thanks to you lot.”
Severn Trent responded to the consultation requesting a drainage plan for foul and surface water be submitted to SMDC to minimise risk of flooding or pollution.
The Asset Protection Team at the water provider also pointed out the possible presence of a public sewer on the site which could impact on the plans.
Joseph Bagnall from Freehay also commented on the proposals. He said: “Any houses being built so close to the pub will result in noise complaints, traffic complaints and extra congestion.
“There is already a huge housing estate being built on the other side of Blythe Bridge which no one wanted and is in a dangerous location.
“The pub is a historic local building already ruined by an unchecked refurbishment and if these houses are granted, it will not be long before more houses replace the pub and the playing field.
“This application should be rejected.”
A consultation on the proposals has been launched and will close on Friday, May 8. A decision by SMDC is expected before June 10.
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