14:16 Saturday 19 October 2013

More homes in Branston due as flood risk is lowered

Written byHELEN KREFT

MORE homes could be built on land bordering Branston Water Park after it was branded a lower flood risk.

Central and County Developments Ltd has now submitted an amended plan, this time for 55 homes on vacant agricultural land south of Tatenhill Lane, Branston.

In 2011, it was given permission to build 28 homes which have not been built, but has now decided the site can be used more ‘efficiently’ after the Environment Agency’s ‘designation of the site has been amended to a lower flood risk category.’

Secondly, in response to residents’ comments, the access to the site has been altered so that the main entrance to the site will via numbers 78 and 80 Tatenhill Lane rather than number 54. The new access will be to the north-east of the site, which the applicant claims will have the benefit of preventing additional traffic down Tatenhill Lane.

In a planning statement from Martin Planning, acting as agents, the company said: “The site has the advantage of a flat topography with excellent views to the west over the Trent and Mersey canal.

“Our proposal will aim to maximise the environmental benefits while having a sensitive relationship with the habitat.

“The design will maintain the existing biodiversity features including the trees and hedge bordering the Branston waterpark providing an attractive backdrop to the new development. The site provides an appealing environment with which to develop an inspirational lifestyle within the context of aspirational homes.”

If given the go ahead by East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee, the company hopes to build four one bedroom flats, two two bedroom homes, eleven three bedrooms, and 38 homes with four bedrooms.

With permission, the developers will be required to provide Section 106 cash – money paid towards a community directly affected by a development, and has already pledged £20,000 towards the provision of play equipment.

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