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40 homes planned for Werrington parishioners

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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PLANS have been tabled to build 40 affordable homes on a derelict builder's yard.

A planning application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to construct the properties at a site in Winterfield Lane, Werrington, which is accessed off the main Cellarhead to Weston Coyney road.

The homes would be restricted to people with strong connections to the parish of Werrington.

The planning application for the site was first put forward late last year, but was later withdrawn.

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A planning statement submitted on behalf of the applicant, James Carnall, by David Taylor of Oligra Town Planning, said it was proposed to develop affordable housing of a mixed type and tenure.

The statement stresses that occupancy of the new homes would be restricted by legal agreement to people with a local connection.

Mr Taylor said: "The builder's yard buildings have fallen into a state of disrepair and disuse and have no commercial potential to be adapted to meet the needs of modern day employment uses with their stringent health and safety and employment welfare regulations.

"They have no gas supply, no water supply and no toilet facilities.

"There are no tree preservation orders registered across the site and no public right of way."

The scale of the development would include 10 three-bedroom properties; 20 two-bedroom houses and 10 one-bedroom flats.

Seventy-two car parking spaces are indicated, with each house having two spaces and the 10 one-bedroom flats each having one.

The Werrington stipulation would include anyone living continuously in the parish for at least five years; having strong connection by birth or upbringing or by previous period of residence; need to support their family currently living in the parish or are in need of family support; are employed in the parish or require a property for specific needs such as an agricultural worker's dwelling. Those wishing to occupy must be financially unable to buy or rent on the open market.

However, the application has raised concerns from the county councillor for the area Bill Day.

Mr Day said: "I have concerns that this development could bring in around 80 vehicles.

"The lane is also narrow and there are no footpaths.

"The proposed site is also on the junction of a main road and the splays would have to be big.

"The application will also have to go before the parish council who will make a decision whether to support it or not."

But the planning statement claims that a survey of Werrington parish needs has been carried out and concluded in the developer's favour.

In the report Mr Taylor said: "Two-hundred-and-thirty-seven survey forms had been returned and 70 per cent were in favour of the development, and 21 were in housing need."

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