A DEVELOPER has made substantial changes to plans to build more than 600 homes near Burton in an effort to reduce potential traffic problems and avoid a lengthy and costly planning inquiry.
St Modwen decided to submit revised plans for the development on land south of Branston after initial plans were refused by planning committee members at East Staffordshire Borough Council who cited highways safety both during construction and following the completion of development as reasons.
Despite the final decision being placed in the hands of the Planning Inspectorate, the firm has now submitted a new application responding to members’ concerns, by focussing on easing construction traffic by building the new access onto the A38 to reduce traffic in Branston.
Bosses are also consulting with residents and ward councillors to alter the permanent access to the site from Main Street and Acacia Lane.
Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “Our revised proposals will reduce dramatically the impact of construction traffic in Branston and combined with the proposed access to the site off Acacia Lane will help to address the concerns of residents and members on planning applications committee.
“These proposals come at a time when the council is pushing for more quality housing, which the land south of Branston will deliver.
“We hope to avoid a lengthy and costly planning inquiry for both the council and St Modwen and these latest changes reinforce our commitment to responding to local concerns.
“We hope this will enable members to approve the proposals, allowing us to move forward with the planned development, quickly responding to the interest we have already received from housebuilders.”
If the new plans are approved, construction traffic will only be required to access the site via Main Street for the first residential phase comprising approximately 60 houses on land to the north of Main Street and 90 houses on land to the south.
After this section has been completed, all construction traffic for the remainder of the development will access the site via the new A38 junction.
In addition, St. Modwen will restrict construction traffic from accessing the site via Main Street during Ryknield Primary School’s pick up and drop off times.