CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 24 homes opposite a school, which were thrown out by council planning chiefs, have been overturned after the decision was appealed.
Developer William Davies Ltd has now been given the green light to proceed with its plan to build the three and four-bedroom properties on land off Harehedge Lane, opposite Outwoods Primary School.
It will see the formation of a new cul-de-sac, with parking spaces for parents visiting the school also set to be provided as part of the plan.
Outwoods councillor Liz Staples said the development was ‘not what residents wanted’ and that it would only add to the congestion near the school.
She said: “It’s disappointing. Residents are concerned about another junction on Harehedge Lane.”
Parish councillors in nearby Stretton have also voiced their concerns about the impact extra traffic would have on the area.
Despite East Staffordshire Borough Council’s protestations, many had feared the decision was inevitable due to the authority’s lack of a five-year housing supply, with its local plan still in the process of being completed.
In summing up reasons for move, planning inspector Wenda Fabian said the lack of the plan, which sets out where developments can be built and be delivered within five years, had a major bearing.
Without them, councils’ powers to block developments are limited.
Ms Fabian said: “The council has acknowledged it is unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable sites. Further, the presumption in favour of sustainable development applies in this case.
“Local residents fear it would contribute further to existing traffic congestion caused by on-street parking at the site at school drop-off and collection times. However, there are double yellow line parking restrictions on the appeal side road frontage.”
Borough council planning chiefs originally had concerns with the site being built on greenfield land, as well as its design, when dismissing it last year.