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Homes plan revealed for derelict garage site

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

The former Bristol Street Motors site in Horninglow Road

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A PLAN to build dozens of homes could be about to breathe fresh life into a derelict site in Burton which has been branded an eyesore.

Consultancy firm Nicol Thomas has revealed plans to put 51 homes on the former Bristol Street Motors site, in Horninglow Road, which has been vacant for a number of years.

If approved, the plan will see 33 two and three-bedroom houses and 18 flats built, with the plans to be presented to residents and councillors at the Carver Road Scout Hut, in Horninglow, on Thursday.

Members of the community have long called for action regarding the empty site, with the latest attempt to inject fresh life into it coming six years after a plan to build housing was heavily criticised by planning chiefs.

An application to build 73 apartments and a retail unit was unanimously rejected in 2008 due partly to the lack of affordable housing that was on the table.

Ron Clarke, who represents the area on East Staffordshire Borough Council and was one of that plan’s main detractors, said development of the site is needed but must be right for the area.

He said: “I think it’s an eyesore, but there needs to be reasonable and acceptable development.

“Part of the last plan included a superstore, but there is already enough shops on Horninglow Road - it was just ridiculous.”

Nicol Thomas confirmed the development would consist mostly of affordable housing, which Councillor Clarke said was crucial.

He said: “We need a mixture. We haven’t got enough affordable housing at the moment, and we have seen with developments currently being built in Burton that affordable housing doesn’t have to be unattractive.”

The public consultation will take place between 2.30pm and 6pm on Thursday.

Richard Fletcher, from Nicol Thomas, said he was eager to hear views from the public, with the plans expected to be submitted in the next few weeks.

He said: “The purpose of the exercise is to get feedback from residents and councillors before we progress further.

“That way we can incorporate any requirements or changes into the final plans.”

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