COUNCILLORS have objected to a housing development planned for an area of Burton — described by the Mayor of East Staffordshire as ‘underhand’.
Proposals to build up to 100 new homes on land near Guinevere Avenue, Stretton, have been met with anger by councillors and residents.
Among the major causes of concern are the extra traffic that would be brought into the area and the poor state of the land, with fears it would leave surrounding areas liable to flooding.
Objectors have also been angered by the fact the plans are separate from East Staffordshire Borough Council’s proposals to build 4,000 homes in Burton over the next 20 years, which have already received a public backlash in Stretton.
The situation was discussed at Stretton Parish Council’s latest meeting.
Parish chairman David Eynon said: “In this case 100 houses have been submitted for planning development and we didn’t know about it.
“It is a poor piece of land which floods and soaks up water.
“The plans will have a poor impact on employment and services and will bring increased traffic into Burton.
“Our gut instinct is that it shouldn’t be done and at this stage the parish council is objecting to it.
“The infrastructure can’t take extra traffic, and in my view it should be kept like it is. We can accept one or two houses, but 100 houses — that’s a lot of people, a lot of cars, and then there’s the issue of schooling.”
Members of East Staffordshire Borough Council, including the borough’s mayor, Len Milner, who also represents Stretton, shared the parish council’s concerns.
Councillor Milner attacked the plans but insisted he was confident they would never come to fruition.
He said: “It seems a bit ridiculous, the whole thing. It seems to be an underhanded application at the last minute.
“It never went for a ‘pre-app’, they just thought they would stick it in.
“I can’t see it but unfortunately there’s no such thing as never. I’m pretty confident it won’t happen.”
Concerns were also raised about the effect the installation of a soakaway would have on the area, which is to be added in a bid to tackle the flooding issue that blights the land.
Margaret Hawksworth, who has lived near the proposed development site in Priory Lands for more than 30 years, said: “The soakaway will back right on to where I live. If it floods it will run off the field and back to our houses.
“We are going to flood. If we get rain like we get, our houses will be under water.
When it rains, the field will take so much water, and it’s on a slight slope so of course it comes straight towards us.
“There is also the problem with excess traffic. It is going to be horrendous.”