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Access worries over housing plan for Tutbury

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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PROPOSALS to develop five luxury homes on a patch of land in Tutbury has been brought before planners because of concerns over access.

Councillor Liz Staples, who represents the area for East Staffordshire Borough Council, called attention to the issue in a development off Burton Road, in the hope of highlighting the potential danger of the situation.

She said she was worried about 'yet another' access heading out in this area, and urged planners to give real consideration to the plan.

In a letter to the council sent during a consultation on the application, submitted by a Mr S Vale, Councillor Staples said: "I have concerns about yet another development appearing with road access onto Burton Road in Tutbury, next to the new estate.

"This development, if granted, would mean three new access roads onto a road between the roundabout and the entrance to Iron Walls Lane, in a de-restricted area.

"I would therefore ask that this application should go to planning committee rather than be decided on officer delegated powers."

Highways bosses from Staffordshire County Council have supported the development, but insisted there must be conditions regarding the access.

The planning officer who wrote the report to go before the planning board said speeds along the de-restricted road would be controlled by the site's proximity to the roundabout.

"Taking this and the response of the

Highway Authority into account, it is not considered that the proposal would prejudice the safe or efficient use of the highway network," the officer added.

The development would be made up of five six-bedroom houses, spread out on roughly 8.5 acres of land.

The development will be considered by the planning board at East Staffordshire Borough Council at its meeting on Monday.

It has been recommended for approval, with the authority saying the development would have a positive impact on the local area.

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