A CONTROVERSIAL 500-home development – which Burton's MP attempted to block – is now set to be given the official seal of approval.
It had appeared a formality that the plan to create the development at Glenville Farm, in Tutbury Road, would be approved, with major roadworks having already begun at the Harehedge Lane junction in preparation.
The development has now been recommended for approval ahead of an East Staffordshire Borough Council planning meeting next week.
While the council saw the land as the perfect opportunity to bolster its five-year housing supply – with thousands of new homes in the pipeline for the borough over the next two decades – the plan attracted huge opposition locally.
MP Andrew Griffiths waded into the row following overwhelming criticism from people living nearby.
The politician pleaded with council bosses to abandon the plan and "not ignore severe concerns" of residents.
He told the Mail that the development would have a "dramatic effect on Rolleston and other surrounding villages". But his concerns appear to have fallen on deaf ears.
Documents released ahead of the meeting on Monday said: "The design and access statement which accompanies the application sets out an appropriate approach to the development of the site in urban design terms, and gives sufficient assurance that a high quality environment appropriate to its context can be secured in accordance with the provisions of the East Staffordshire Design Guide.
"The site is sufficiently spacious to allow development without unacceptably affecting the amenities enjoyed by the occupiers of existing dwellings."
Liz Staples, who represents Tutbury and Outwoods on East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: "Residents I know have various concerns about this application, about the number and type of dwellings, massing and traffic issues, which include queries over sufficient parking for all the new housing proposed."
Roadworks are expected to continue at the junction for the next six months. A new roundabout will be created and pedestrian crossings installed to support the development.