MORE details have emerged about a major development that will see more than 600 new homes built near Burton.
St Modwen Properties revealed that its plans for the major redevelopment of land south of Branston have won praise and backing from a cross section of organisations from the Highways Agency to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.
The Environment Agency has applauded the environmental benefits of the proposals, particularly the work to reduce flood risk to the A38 and adjacent properties.
A spokesman told the Mail: “The agency welcomes all of these improvements which should help to reduce flood risk at this location.”
A plan has also been agreed with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust for a major part of the of the site to be used as green space while the Woodland Trust has praised the proposed planting of indigenous trees to improve public open land alongside the River Trent.
The developer has also worked extensively with the Highways Agency and Staffordshire County on proposed improvements to junctions on roads to reduce the impact of the development.
Both statutory consultees have reviewed the traffic and highways plans and formally stated that they have no objections to the proposals.
A number of contributions to improve public transport will include bus vouchers for residents, new bus services, a ‘bus only’ gate linking the new residential and employment areas and new bus stops.
Following comments received on school drop-off and pick-up times, St Modwen also revised their plans to include new parking for more than 50 cars in Branston centre to alleviate parking issues near Rykneld Primary School, while a further 20 spaces will be provided on the school site.
It also agreed a set of improvements at the school, worth £5 million, that will include a two-storey extension with 10 new classrooms and a 300 sq m sports hall. A financial contribution of around £700,000 will be made to secondary education. The plans, which have been recommend for approval and could create up to 1,500 jobs, will be discussed at a planning committee meeting next Monday.