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Councillors determined to have voices heard before 40 homes plan goes ahead

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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COUNCILLORS in a village near Burton have submitted a list of demands to planning bosses they insist must be delivered in order to convince them 40 homes are suitable for the area.

A plan to build the development on two hectares of land near Leafields Farm, in Yoxall, has been recommended for approval by planners at East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Yoxall Parish Council has indicated that it is ready to bow to the proposal, but has drawn up a raft of conditions that it believes must be met to lessen the impact on the village.

These include a new roundabout to replace the current one it says is ‘inadequate’ and a car park providing space for 20 vehicles.

The authority has also asked for reassurances regarding the percentage of affordable housing and flood risks.

East Staffordshire Borough Council has been under pressure to earmark land for development as it currently does not have a deliverable five-year housing supply and the parish council is eager to ensure the plan is right for the village before it goes ahead.

A parish council spokesman said: “We note that this site is not within the existing development boundary for the village.

“In commenting on the application the parish council has drawn upon the responses and conclusions gathered so far in the neighbourhood plan process together with members’ own views regarding these proposals.

“Consequently the parish council gives qualified support to the proposal providing we have a satisfactory response to these points.”

The parish council said it would also want to allow residents to view and exhibition of the plans.

Despite the concerns locally, the borough council looks set to approve the plan, saying the village had been identified for development as it was in an ideal location that was considered to be sustainable.

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