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Plans for 40 affordable houses in Werrington parish refused

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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PLANS to build 40 affordable homes on a former builder's yard have been thrown out.

Members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee voted unanimously to refuse the properties at a site in Winterfield Lane, Werrington, which is accessed off the main Cellarhead to Weston Coyney Road.

Councillor Mike Worthington said the location was an inadequate site.

He added: "This is a narrow road.

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"It would join the Staffordshire Moorlands with Stoke-on-Trent. There would be 40 houses stuck in nowhere."

Councillor Linda Malyon said that most of the people who had written in supporting the scheme did not come from the Moorlands.

She said: "It is the wrong location and not in walking distance of Werrington.

"It would create about 80 car movements. We also need to put an enforcement notice on the site to remove the scrap on site. It is abysmal."

Planning officer Rachel Simpkin told the committee that the council supported affordable houses, but this was not in the right location.

She said: "It is two miles away from Werrington village and not on a bus route.

"The National Planing Policy Framework does encourage brownfield sites, but this would have an urbanising approach.

"The redundant buildings were for employment and no marketing for the premises has been provided.

"It is inappropriate development which would have a visual impact in an unacceptable location."

In a letter to the planning committee Werrington councillor Davis Shaw said: "In general I am supportive of affordable housing projects, but in this instance I fear it is in the wrong place.

"It is claimed that it will benefit Werrington but I do not see this as it is too far away from the village.

"A main concern has to be Winterfield Lane which would be used as a direct route to the village and which at certain times of the day already carries more traffic than it was ever designed for. It really is only a country lane.

"I understand access to and from the estate would also come onto this lane, which I do not believe would be acceptable."

The application had received 43 letters of support and three letters of objections.

People in support of the proposals stated it would improve the present site and would help to address the lack of affordable homes in the Werrington parish, while objectors said the proposed development area would be isolated from any other community.

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