PARISH leaders have said a major development for up to 2,500 homes in Burton is ‘unacceptable in both principal and detail’.
Members of Tatenhill Parish Council said they ‘strongly object’ to the Branston Locks project, which also includes plans for one million square feet of employment land, 40,000 square feet of retail floor space, a primary school, residential care centre, hotel and restaurant.
The ambitious plans have been earmarked for the Lawns Farm site – a rural triangle bounded by the Branston A38 junction, Branston Road, the Battlestead Hill escarpment and Shobnall Road.
But in a letter parish councillors’ have written to East Staffordshire Borough Council, they claimed the plans are ‘flawed’ because the development’s impact on the landscape, the heritage and character of the area have not been fully considered.
Parish council members also called for the secretary of state to refuse the plans on the grounds that they depart from the borough council’s local plan, which sets out potential areas for development.
The parish councillors said: “The parish council has detailed concerns regarding the impact of the development on traffic flows, including the impact of the A38 and possible ‘rat-running’ through the parish, and therefore the application should be refused.
“The A38 and its junction with Branston Lane are already considered problematic with poor traffic flow often causing a large volume of traffic to cut through the parish, especially when the A38 is closed.”
Parish councillors also claimed there is a ‘lack of evidence’ to justify the development when there are alternative sites not in flood risk areas.
They said: “The past year has seen a very wet summer and winter throughout which the site has been covered in standing water.”
An extensive consultation period had been held between Nurton Development, which is behind the project, and parish councils in Tatenhill, Branston and Shobnall.
Rupert Young, development manager for the firm, said: “Certain people will always have concerns about certain things.
“When we have been able to address these concerns we have tried to do that.
“We have met with all of the parish councils and listened to their concerns.”