A GROUP of residents opposed to a plan to build nearly 1,000 homes in Burton have been told they should prepare for the worst.
The Friends of Outwoods group has managed to raise £5,000 in order to launch a possible judicial review in a desperate attempt to stave off plans to build the development at Upper Outwoods, in Beamhill Road, Burton.
The group quickly amassed the total needed to employ a solicitor to investigate whether there are grounds for a review after the plan was approved by East Staffordshire Borough Council in July.
But campaigners have been warned that they must prepare for their hopes of a review to fail and take their opportunity to have their say on the development to minimise the impact on them should it go ahead.
The group was advised at a meeting of Outwoods Parish Council to take the part in the consultation process where they would be allowed to have an input on certain parts of the plan.
Should any review fail, the borough council would still have the chance to influence the plan’s reserved matters, such as the design of the homes.
Joanne Roebuck, from East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department, said: “There is still room for us to make our voices heard to get a development of the highest quality.
“We don’t want it to go ahead but if it does we want to have the least impact on the community and we need to try to come forward with the best proposal possible.
“This is not assuming the review is going to fail and the plan is going to go ahead but don’t assume it’s going to be successful, so that when it comes to reserved matters the council can have a say on things that are important to you, rather than just saying ‘we don’t want this’.”
Borough councillor Stephen Smith tried to reassure residents by insisting that putting their views forward would not ‘water down their objection’.