FIFTY-FOUR new homes are to be built on one of the largest housing estates in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
The properties will be built on two sites on the Haregate Estate, Leek.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning applications committee last Thursday gave approval for 35 dwellings to be built at Horsecroft Farm, Tittesworth Avenue, and 19 on land at Haregate Hall.
Both applications were submitted by Ascent Housing, a joint venture between Your Housing and the district council, to build 424 new homes across the area.
The Tittesworth Avenue development will consist of 24 two and three-bedroom semi-detached dwellings, eight one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom bungalows.
The application also includes a new green space and the demolition of 33 Tittesworth Avenue to gain access.
Resident David Barnes spoke against the proposal stating there would be issues with construction traffic.
He said: “The majority of traffic use the southern end of the road where no improvements are proposed. Only the north side will have improvements.”
However, Agent David Smith said: “This is in the Leek town development boundary and is of poor grassland. Consultation has taken place and the design has been changed. Widening of the road is proposed and a temporary construction site has been taken on board.”
Councillor Margaret Lovatt, who represents the ward, said: “We need new houses on Haregate. It will also help with school numbers.
The development includes access improvements on the narrow stretch of road which is important.” All 12 councillors voted in favour of approval.
Nineteen new homes will also be constructed on land at Haregate Hall. The main access to the site will be from Haregate Road.
However, nearby resident Margaret Barker objected on the grounds that two properties were close to her bungalow.
She said: “I have concern that two big houses are very close to me and overlooking my bungalow.
I can’t get any sense from anyone about it. I just want the houses moved further away.
Councillor Linda Malyon said: “We did not realise how close these houses were to the bungalow.
"This is an excellent scheme, but it has a flaw. We have got to protect people who live there.”
Councillors voted by 11 to none with one abstention in favour of the application, with a condition that officers look at moving the plot further away from Mrs Barker's bungalow.