12:07 Tuesday 22 January 2013

Major roads request for new home developments

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

‘MAJOR infrastructure is needed through Burton’ as the town expects to see up to 10,000 new neighbours in the next 20 years, a parish council has heard.

John Sarson has spoken out during a Branston Parish Council meeting while a discussion regarding major housing developments was raised.

Such developments include Lawns Farm, where plans for Branston Locks have now been submitted.

Up to 2,500 homes could be built along with 50 acres of employment land, a ‘local centre’, two primary schools, medical facilities, a library and an extra care unit and/or nursing home for the elderly.

Another application, for the land south of Forest Road, Branston, has yet to be decided but could mean another 300 homes on 17.16 hectares of land.

Mr Sarson, of Cotswold Road, Branston, who said he has contacted the Burton MP, told the meeting: “There has been no major road infrastructure in Burton since the mid 1980s. It is a disgrace and people of Burton deserve a lot better.”

The resident later added: “(The development would have) a winding road across the side. I am quite keen that we get a ring road there that would eventually go to the A38 and maybe create a new junction although I know that would cost a lot of money and it would be a long time in the future.

“There is one way out of Burton (at Branston). We need more roads to get out of Burton to the south west.

“I am quite happy about the development. We all accept development in the town is going to happen, but my concern is that we had about 25,000 homes in the 1980s. It is about 30,000 now, and will go up to 41,000 by 2031. It has already been mentioned that we would have about 10,000 new neighbours. There are now more cars per household so the traffic in Burton will be 60 per cent more than it was in the 1980s.

“The last infrastructure in Burton was the crossing over Moor Street. (Now these developments are happening) it is a great opportunity to get a major road infrastructure.

The A38 doesn’t have any road bridges.

“Burton is lagging behind.”

“It should be up to the parish councils and borough council to fight the corner with Staffordshire County Council.”

Mr Sarson was told by Mike Ackroyd, Branston Parish Council chairman, that the parish council can only recommend that a new infrastructure be considered but it is a matter for county council.

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