PLANS to build 40 affordable homes on a former builders yard in the parish of Werrington has been recommended to be refused.
A planning application had 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.
A final decision on the application will be made this Thursday, August 14, by members of the authority’s planning applications committee.
The application has been recommended to be refused by planning officer Rachel Simpkin despite 43 letters of support claiming it would improve the site which is an eyesore and help to address the lack of affordable homes in the Werrington parish
The letters of support also state that this would allow first time buyers to stay in Werrington, close to their families.
Three letters of objection have also been received stating the development is in the green belt and in a isolated area.
The homes would be restricted to people with strong connections to the parish of Werrington.
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.”
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.
In recommending refusal planning officer Rachel Simpkin said: “The proposal by reason of its intrusive layout and significant tree loss would introduce an urbanising element into this edge of settlement and highly prominent location adjacent to the A520 Leek Road. Consequently, this visually intrusive form of development would have a detrimental impact upon the openness / visual amenities of the Green Belt and Landscape Character Area.
“The proposal would result in the loss of an existing employment site, at a time when there is a shortfall in the supply of such sites and the loss would be harmful to the economic well-being of the area.
“The applicant has not produced any up-to-date and robust evidence to demonstrate that the site has been adequately marketed to secure an alternative employment use or that alternative ‘mixed-use’ developments have been considered in the absence of any demand for the site.”