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Housing plan shock for furious councillors

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

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FURIOUS councillors in a village near Burton have demanded an explanation after a housing developer presented detailed plans for a controversial new estate.

Members of Barton under Needwood Parish Council were left ‘dumbstruck’ after it was revealed the majority of 130 homes to be built off Efflinch Lane will be made up of four and five-bedroom properties - a huge increase compared to what was originally on the table.

The authority was against the development from the outset, and said the new plans will mean more traffic and provide less chance for people already living in the village to acquire the homes.

East Staffordshire Borough Council was accused of letting developer Bellway Homes do whatever it wanted and of being ‘scared to lose another appeal’.

Vice-chairman Ed Sharkey said: “We went back to ask them (Bellway Homes) to explain why they have come up with this mix and they said ‘because East Staffordshire told us we could have it’.

“It’s incredible frankly, I’m almost dumbstruck. This isn’t the mix the community needs.

“If all that is going to be built is four and five-bedroom houses then all it is going to do is bring people in from outside and lead to more traffic and problems in the community.”

Councillors also said they were concerned that a specific area had been designated for affordable housing, which chairman Graham Hughes said he feared could become ‘ghettoish’.

A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “The council has been in discussion with parish councils to engage communities in the finer details of developments.

“One of the things the council has done is to encourage the developers to hold an exhibition of the development in order for the community to view the proposals and engage with the developers.”

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