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Long-running homes plan set for approval

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

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WORK on a new estate in a village near Burton is finally set to begin after developers were forced to tweak the proposals.

Councillors now appear to be satisfied with plans to build 130 homes off Efflinch Lane, in Barton under Needwood.

The development has already received outline planning permission, with the plans now set to be rubberstamped by planning chiefs at East Staffordshire Borough Council next week.

Members of Barton Parish Council were left ‘dumbstruck’ after it was revealed the majority of 130 properties on the Bellway Homes development would be made up of four and five-bedroom properties, rather than affordable housing.

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

However, the positioning of the affordable housing has now been changed in the plans, though the amount has not significantly altered.

Road layouts will also be tweaked to ensure the bulk of the traffic does not travel through the centre of the development.

Taking the changes into account, the borough council said the positives of the development outweighed any negatives.

A planning report said: “Whilst the scheme will undoubtedly change the character and appearance of this part of the village, the benefits of the proposal including the provision of market housing, alongside the economic benefits associated to new development weigh heavily in support of the application.”

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