THE nod of approval looks set to be given to plans which would see nearly 500 homes and a new school built on the site of a major distribution depot.
The outline planning application to build properties in Branston, on land currently occupied by a distribution depot for B&Q, was submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council by Bedell Corporate Trustees Limited and Atrium Trustees Limited last year.
It would see part of the Burton Road site demolished, with 483 houses to be built in its place, as well as the provision of land for a new primary school.
Other listed buildings on the site in Burton Road, including the former canteen, are subject to separate planning applications for changes of use to either office or retail space.
The housing plans for the depot are on the agenda for the borough council’s planning committee and in a report to councillors by the authority’s planning manager the application is recommended for approval.
The report states that over three consultation periods, 35 representations and comments were received by members of the public covering a wide range of concerns.
However, most notable were those from neighbours to the site in Heather Close, Branston, which would have an access onto the proposed site as part of the scheme.
The report says that a ‘large number’ of Heather Close residents have objected to the access with concerns raised including increased traffic, a potentially ‘huge issue’ with parking for residents and parents of children for the new school and accidents at the junction with Regents Park Road.
Despite previous objections to the proposals, Branston Parish Council is in support of the plans, although said it felt ‘adequate parking’ and infrastructure improvements were needed.
The Highways Agency has issued no objection but requested a condition of a payment of £108,953 from the developer towards the improvement of the A38 Branston Interchange.
The planning committee will meet at Burton Town Hall on Tuesday, August 27 at 2pm to discuss the plans.