08:00 Thursday 08 November 2012

Hundreds sign letter in fight to stop homes plan


NEARLY 600 furious residents have sent a letter to planners objecting to a proposed housing development on their doorstep.

Reservoir Road
Reservoir Road

An application to build 250 homes at Red House Farm, which backs on to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, in Horninglow, was submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council last month and was met with fury by residents in nearby Reservoir Road.

A small group vowed to begin a campaign to fight the plans and, in just a fortnight, their battle has snowballed with their letter of objection receiving the backing of more than 570 people.

Residents believe roads in the area would struggle to cope with the increase in traffic, especially with Shobnall Primary School and a nursery nearby.

They also say that access through the road, the only proposed route to the new development, becomes treacherous, and sometimes impossible, during bad winter weather.

The letter has been delivered to the borough council’s planning department led by Philip Somerfield (inset).

A final decision is due to be made in the new year when the proposals are put before the council’s planning committee.

Kevin Finney, who has lived in Reservoir Road for more than 20 years, was one of the handful of residents who got the ball rolling.

He said: “We have handed in a letter of objection with 570-plus signatures on it to the local planning officer – 450 have come from Reservoir Road and Shobnall Road plus 120 from Lower Outwoods Road.

“This shows that people are totally against it. A lot of their children or grandchildren go to the school, and the main concern is the traffic.” Mr Finney said he was unsure whether the letter would have any impact, but added that it was important people showed that they wouldn’t give up without a fight.

He added: “We’ve done what we can for now. Hopefully they will see sense, but who knows?”

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