COUNCILLORS in a village near Burton have received a boost in a long-running battle surrounding a new housing development.
Plans to build 130 homes off Efflinch Lane, Barton under Needwood, have already been given outline planning permission, but there is now a new row over the housing mix and layout which has been presented by developers Bellway.
The saga over the Efflinch Lane development has dragged on for three years.
Barton Parish Council’s efforts to prevent the build altogether were defeated last year, but they remain determined to get the best deal possible for the village.
Members were left ‘dumbstruck’ in February after it was revealed Bellway intended the majority of 130 homes to be built off Efflinch Lane to be four and five-bedroom properties - a huge increase compared to what was originally on the table.
However, the company could be forced to come back with a better offer after East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Planning Committee deferred the application ‘pending further negotiations on design and layout issues’.
Barton Parish Council vice-chairman Ed Sharkey said: “From the outset, we didn’t think it was an adequate design. We want something that is in context with the village, not something that is completely foreign bolted on the edge. That is what many people fear it will be.
“I think the borough council are doing the right thing.”