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Plans put forward to build 10 new homes in Dilhorne

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a housing estate on the site of a corn merchant's business in a Staffordshire Moorlands village are back on the table.

Moss Feeds Ltd of High Street, Dilhorne, has submitted a planning application to redevelop the site with 10 houses.

It comes around a year after a similar scheme was withdrawn at the last moment after planners had recommended its refusal.

The previous scheme attracted a petition of 39 names against the proposal, plus many individual letters of objection.

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The current application seeks outline planning permission for the demolition and clearance of all existing industrial buildings, structures and open storage, remediation of the site and the erection of 10 dwellings with garaging and parking served by a new access and shared surface.

The proposed development would consist of three two/three bedroom terraced cottages; a pair of three-bedroom semi-detached houses; and five four-bedroom detached houses.

The terraced cottages would each have two parking spaces at the rear and the other dwellings would have garaging and parking spaces to the side or rear.

A planning statement issued on behalf of the applicant by Advance Land and Planning said: "Moss Feeds own the application site which has operated since 1975.

"The company is a family business and the owner is now well in his 70s and wishes to retire.

"He had contemplated selling the business, but this has inevitably declined over the years.

"He has also attempted to sell the site for another industrial commercial use, but has not received any offers for the property as a commercial use.

"The proposal will remove a non-conforming, potentially bad-neighbour use from a residential environment within a rural village, regenerating the site in the process by removing unsightly, poor quality industrial buildings and open storage, which current detracts from the visual amenity of the surrounding area. The site is also unrestricted in terms of hours of operation which can be 24 hours at various times throughout the year."

The company now only employs two elderly employees which includes the owner.

However, local resident James Hall has urged fellow residents to object to the proposals.

The 21-year-old, of Godley Lane, Dilhorne, said: "The village itself is already suffering from significant problems with excess traffic and inadequate parking facilities, and further development of this type would do nothing but exacerbate these problems, as well as adding to highway congestion, air pollution and the number of accidents in the village.

"There is also an issue with flooding and after heavy rain in the village.

"Although the local primary school is under subscribed there is no valid evidence that such a development would solve the problem with the school roll as at least half of the parents have already enrolled their children at other primary schools."

A decision on the application by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is expected within eight to 12 weeks

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