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£1bn plans on show for first time

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

development alongside the A38

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PLANS for a £1 billion development incorporating housing, industrial and leisure use on land near Burton will be displayed to the public at an event next week.

Developer BDW Trading Ltd will showcase its vision for land near Barton under Needwood, Alrewas and Fradley, where it hopes to build a new water sports centre and rowing lake, business park and 5,000 homes.

The developer, which includes Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Ward Homes, has sent out almost 6,000 invitations to local residents to a two-day exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and provide residents with an early opportunity to understand our proposals for a sustainable development in the area.

“We are committed to engaging with the local community regarding this potential development and have commenced a community consultation programme.

“The aim is to inform local people and obtain feedback that will, where possible, be incorporated into the development proposals.”

Early indicative plans of the development site show the housing development, named Brookhay Residential Villages, occupying land east of the A38 at Fradley, in the Lichfield district.

Across the border in East Staffordshire a commercial and employment space, named Twin Rivers Park, would be sited further north between Alrewas and Barton, with the water sports and leisure complex to the east, beside the River Trent.

As previously reported, the developer hopes to develop the sports facilities within 10 years and the houses over 20 years, possibly by creating three small villages.

The plans, which are still in the early stages, the developers having held preliminary discussions with councillors, could also include a new railway station to be built at the arboretum.

Householders in Barton, Alrewas, Fradley, Whittington and Walton on Trent have been sent invitations to the public meeting, but anyone is able to attend.

The event will be held in the Rose Room at the arboretum on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11, between 3pm and 7pm.

Parking charges in the car park will not be enforced during the meeting.

People who can’t attend can find out more by calling 0800 2977040.

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