10:54 Saturday 28 December 2013

'Firm opposition' over water tower home plan


Winshill Water Tower Winshill Water Tower

A COUNCILLOR has said he will ‘firmly oppose’ plans by a water giant to build one home next to one of Burton’s most recognisable landmarks.

South Staffordshire Water is again applying to East Staffordshire Borough Council to build a four-bedroom home next to Winshill Water Tower, in Tower Road – which can be seen from as far away as Burnaston and Castle Gresley.

It marks the second time the water giant has applied for permission. In 2006, four homes on the site were dismissed at appeal.

The borough council initially turned down the plans and was presented with a 200-signature petition against the proposal.

Councillor Dennis Fletcher, who represents Winshill on the borough council, led the opposition to the original plans and said: “We will be firmly opposing these new plans because if you just allow one home how do you refuse others?

I think it is just a clever ploy by the applicants to get permission for the homes.

“We opposed it because it would spoil the skyline and because of the open space.”

In 2006, the planning inspectorate suggested it would ‘seriously compromise’ the open setting of the tower.

However, South Staffordshire Water, says its new application will not result in the significant loss of open space.

It also has taken consideration concerns over the original application with regards to the ‘cramped’ nature of the development, saying: “This application is limited to the erection of a single home. The single home will be provided with a rear garden that is some 29 metres in depth and in excess of 900 square metres in area.

“The home would be sited behind the front of the adjoining Water Tower. The proposed home would not appear unduly obtrusive in Tower Road and would ensure that the Water Tower is retained within an open setting.”

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