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Branston roadworks for sixteen weeks at new homes site

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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VILLAGERS in a Burton suburb are facing 16 weeks of roadworks along a main route as part of preliminary works for a new 660 home development.

People across Branston have had leaflets dropping through their doors across the weekend detailing major works that will begin this week and form part of plans by developers St Modwen to build a raft of new homes off Main Street.

The wok will include new access points being created to the development site as well as the creation of a new car park.

The letter to resident states: "Further to the recent planning approval development of the St Modwen sites off Main Street, we wish to take the opportunity to inform you of forthcoming preliminary work.

"As part of the proposed development, we will be constructing new accesses into the development sites together with new car parking areas.

"We will also be carrying out highway improvement works to Main Street and Acacia Lane to change the priorities at the junction.

"Works are due to commence this week and are expected to take approximately 16 weeks.

"During this time there will be temporary traffic management in place in Main Street and Acacia Lane to facilitate the highway works.

"We propose to construct the car parking area to the south of Main Street first to minimise disruption."

The plans are to build 660 houses on land south of Branston, with the developer also promising £5 million to Rykneld Primary School, and a £700,000 contribution to secondary education.

Warehouse space would also be built.

The application, which has been in the pipeline since November 2011, faced fierce opposition from Branston Parish Council and Branston Action Group from the very start.

One of the main issues has been fears raised over the impact that the huge influx of people to the area would have on the road infrastructure.

More information on the planned works is available by calling Paul Harris, from contractor PM Harris Ltd, on 01335 331910 or Geoff Everson, from Staffordshire County, on 01785 276604.

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