DELAYS of up to 30 minutes could befall commuters heading to the A38 at Claymills if a new housing estate is built in Stretton, according to the developer.
The 425-home site, off Craythorne Road, would result in extreme pressure on the already busy junction in the morning, and force long waiting times on people using other roads in the area, documents in the planning application suggest.
The admissions back up fears of residents living in the area, who are already concerned about traffic issues in the location because of what they see as excessive development.
A transport assessment put forward with the application to East Staffordshire Borough Council says: “The Claymills Road arm of the junction will experience demand in excess of capacity and a further deterioration in performance.”
However, it goes on to say this could be the case even without these homes being built.
Elsewhere in the application, Gladman Developments argues that the roads in the area have the capacity to deal with the development.
This is disputed by members of the Save Our Stretton (SOS) action group, who are fighting the development.
Lorraine Matthews, from the group, said: “This affects all infrastructure – roads, sewerage, pedestrian safety, the A38 junction – the village is not built to cope.
“The road systems are already groaning under the weight of heavy traffic, and the thought of adding an additional 425 homes on top of that is just ludicrous and a bridge too far.”
They have also raised concerns about the capacity of schools in the area.
Around 1,750 homes have recently been approved for the area, which the group believes will also impact on services.
SOS is due to hold a public meeting this evening to discuss the plans with members of the public. It will begin at 8pm at the Priory Centre in Church Road.