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Fifth time refusal for controversial plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

The land at Saxon Street, Stapenhill

The land at Saxon Street, Stapenhill

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PLANS for a controversial housing development on an area of wasteland have been refused — for a FIFTH time.

David Willars resubmitted plans to East Staffordshire Borough Council to build four detached, two-storey homes and a detached garage block on land at the rear of 53 Saxon Street, Stapenhill.

The plans, which have already been refused four times, were turned down again for the same reasons. Planners rule that the proposed houses for the 1,500sq m site would have an ‘overbearing impact’ on neighbouring properties.

David Dent, whose Saxon Close home overlooks the site and who has previously led successful campaigns against the development, said the refusal news was a fantastic early Christmas present for him and his neighbours.

He told the Mail: “We are all relieved that the plans have been thrown out again it is the best thing all the residents could have asked for this Christmas.

“Mr Willars’ latest plans were worse than last time as the proposed houses directly overlook some properties in Rosliston Road.

“If he has got money to keep wasting it on plans which keep being turned down, then why doesn’t he just listen to us and tidy the area up, rather than keep hoping to build there.

“Surely after five objections he can see how strong we all feel about it. We are not going to let this happen.

“We’d like to thank all of the planners and councillors for their support and common sense when dealing with these applications.

“We know Mr Willars’ has decided to appeal the decision so we need all affected residents to pledge their support once again by writing or emailing the appeal committee with their reasons against the proposal, within the next two weeks.”

Mr Willars, from Tamworth, previously told the Mail that he would fight the objection all the way if the plans were turned down again.

He said: “I have made the necessary modifications to the plans so the new homes would not be overlooking existing homes. I will simply appeal it if my plans are refused again. I’m prepared to fight it all the way this time.”

Mr Willars refused to comment about the latest refusal when contacted by the Mail.

Residents can email their objections and concerns to planners at planning.customerservices@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or by calling 01283 508606.

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