A RAFT of questions surrounding plans to build ‘a new community’ on the outskirts of Burton have led to a decision on the development being delayed.
The planning board at East Staffordshire Borough Council had been due to rubber stamp the Branston Locks at their latest meeting, but after impassioned pleas by councillors and members of the public, they agreed to defer the matter until they had more information.
Queries raised around the site, which is between Branston, Shobnall and Tatenhill, include the amount of green space, around Battlestead Hill, traffic problems and issues of access to the 2,500-home site, which also includes employment space, retail units, a care home, a primary school, a pub and restaurant and a hotel.
At the latest meeting on Monday, Councillor Julia Jessel (pictured), who represents Needwood ward, which covers boundary villages Rangemore and Tatenhill, implored the committee to defer their decision until these and other questions had been answered.
She said: “This is going to be our biggest development, and we need to get it right. I think we need to defer it to enable further negotiations with the developer, who have made concessions, but I think there are areas we can do better.”
One concern raised was the effect on traffic in the area.
Nurton Developments, which is behind the plans, said the site was perfectly placed to access the A38 from one side, but as another access would come from the already-congested Shobball Road, it has caused worry for residents and councillors.
David Shilton, from Shobnall parish Council, said: “Shobnall Road is already severely congested, and we feel this could lead to total gridlock at times.”
After a lengthy discussion, councillors made the decision to defer the application for further negotiations. It is now known when it will now be considered.