COMMUNITY leaders in Rolleston have thrown their weight behind a campaign to prevent hundreds more houses being built in the area.
Rolleston Parish Council agreed they would back residents fighting a 425-home development off Craythorne Road in Stretton, which they believe would bring hundreds more vehicles through Rolleston.
The group has offered to help by sharing its experiences fighting Burton and South Derbyshire College over plans to develop the field of the former Forest of Needwood Secondary School.
At the authority’s latest meeting, Councillor Shaun Adams said: “We are strongly against the plan as it is coming up to the boundary of Rolleston.
“One of the access roads is up the hill on the bend. It’s there so traffic can filter through Rolleston.”
The houses, proposed by Lancashire-based Gladman Developments, are on a site which the residents of Stretton have said they want to remain free from development in the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The area has also not been designated for development in the East Staffordshire Borough Council Local Plan.
However, as neither of these have yet been officially adopted, there are concerns over whether they would hold substantial weight against the developer.
Borough councillor Sonia Andjelkovic, who is in charge of planning, admitted recently the council still did not have the necessary five-year housing supply required by Government, which is also an issue for people fighting the development.
Gladman has not yet submitted a planning application, but already the proposals have attracted some criticism from parish and borough councillors, as well as Burton MP Andrew Griffiths.
Rolleston Parish Council chairman James Toon said at the meeting: “Rolleston Parish Council is against this plan, and we support the residents of Stretton in that.
“We shall just have to see where this goes.”