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Final rubber stamp for Branston Locks plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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PLANNERS have once again given their support to a controversial planning application which has prompted fears of grave danger for schoolchildren in Burton.

Campaigners had been hoping to bring about a change in the access point for the 2,500-home Branston Locks development, which they fear will force too much traffic on to Shobnall Road at a point right opposite the primary school.

But their cries fell on deaf ears at today’s planning meeting, as councillors reinforced their earlier decision to permit Burton’s ‘new community’.

The matter was originally approved in November, despite a raft of objections relating to traffic and the safety of children at Shobnall Primary School, which is opposite the access for the major development.

It came back before the planning committee today to allow members to consider the 184 objections received in the consultation relating to further information. Many were pleas to move the access to another part of the site.

However, planning officer Jim Malkin said: “All the issues raised have previously been considered by this committee and there is no new information for members to consider.”

They were urged to approve the application once again, despite the objections.

At the meeting, Councillor Bill Ganley read a letter from Pat Taylor, chair of governors at Shobnall Primary School. She said: “I feel a sense of foreboding, as I feel this development is an accident waiting to happen.

“Is it necessary for a child to be seriously injured or killed before common sense prevails?”

Other objectors said highways officers had not fully appreciated the amount of traffic which uses Shobnall Road, and a member of Tatenhill Parish Council spoke out about the impact the plan will have on that village.

Though some councillors seemed to sympathise, they supported the plan in line with their previous actions and it was approved. Just once councillor objected, and two abstained.

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