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Appeal over camp refusal is lodged

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 06, 2013

One of the derelict buildings on the site

One of the derelict buildings on the site

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THE owners of a former Army camp have lodged an appeal with the planning inspectorate against the refusal of permission to redevelop the site.

In December last year Staffordshire Moorlands District Council refused planning permission for the 37-acre Anzio Camp, at Blackshaw Moor, to be redeveloped into a care village, holiday park, live/work units and a social centre building.

If approved the site could bring more than 100 jobs to the district.

Planning consultant Tyler- Parker is now preparing for the proposals to be heard at an appeal hearing scheduled to take place in Leek on November 5.

The hearing will be held at the council's offices in Stockwell Street with a decision anticipated in the New Year.

However, Councillor Edwin Wain, who has the responsibility for planning on the district council, said negotiations were ongoing.

He added: “Talks are still taking place and if an agreement can be made the appeal will be withdrawn and a new planning application submitted.”

The district council’s refusal came despite Tittesworth Parish Council welcoming the redevelopment proposals.

In a report by to the committee last December it said: “The parish council welcomes the application as it would employ local people; provide a green play site for children, as at the present time there is no site large enough for a football pitch or suitable play area.

“All the new facilities including shops and doctor's surgery would be available to the local residents and also the use of a community hall for hire as a village hall.”

However, planning officer Jane Curley said in a report: “In respect of the extra care element the application provides evidence of a growing need within the district for extra care accommodation to meet local need.

“While this does raise an issue on grounds of housing land supply, due to the current lack of a five year deliverable supply, uncontrolled dwellings would not be appropriate in this unsustainable location, outside a settlement boundary.

"Furthermore the proposals would result in significant tree loss. The impact of this densely developed block development would also be felt at night time as a result of very intense light pollution which would inevitably stem from the buildings, streets and footpaths.

“It is considered the development would have an unduly prominent, urbanising and harmful impact on the character and appearance of the Special Landscape Area which virtually borders the Peak District National Park.”

The residential care accommodation would involve 50 one and two-bedroom extra care cottages.

A further 75 self-contained onebedroom units would consist of 25 suites to each of three new buildings.

The leisure accommodation component would be in the form of 44 holiday lodges.

The proposed six live/work units would have ground floor workspace and first floor living area while social centre will include a small convenience store, cafe, rooms for hire, offices and the holiday park reception.

The former camp, which includes some woodland, was decommissioned and sold more than five years ago after previously being used for an Army training facility for 40 years.

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