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MP asks council chiefs to end its homes proposal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

Pics of Burton, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire MPs in Westminster, London, for feature

Andrew Griffiths (Burton)

Pics of Burton, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire MPs in Westminster, London, for feature Andrew Griffiths (Burton)

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BURTON’S MP has written to council chiefs in a bid to get them to abandon plans for major development in and around an East Staffordshire village.

Andrew Griffiths was so struck by the outpouring of feeling against proposals near to Rolleston that he has written to Staffordshire County Council to oppose plans to build 500 homes and a new school on land owned by the authority off Glenville Farm, in Tutbury Road.

The parliamentarian has urged the authority to ‘listen and not ignore severe concerns’ being offered up by people who live in the area.

He said: “The authority is proposing to build a new school and homes just on the edge of Rolleston.

“I have written to the county council urging them to abolish the plans and find an alternative solution to the need for new homes and school places and to protect the future and safety of people in the village.

“The plans would have a dramatic effect on Rolleston and other surrounding villages causing issues related to traffic and a variety of other matters.

“I really hope that the county council carries through its duty to hear out the people of Staffordshire and listens to the views and needs of the residents in the area.

“I think going ahead with the proposal will be bad for the environment, bad for Rolleston and bad for the town in general.

“I understand that we need homes in the area but I think that other areas would be suited and have less an impact on so many people in so many ways.”

This comes at a time that residents are also waiting to see the results of a public enquiry into plans to build 100 homes on the former school field site in the village

If the plans were to go ahead, they would include a local centre providing up to 500 sq metres of floor space or pub together with associated car parking and servicing, specialist care housing, and public open space known as Outwoods Green Park.

It would also include access junctions to the A511 Tutbury Road and Rolleston Road to the new development.

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