RESIDENTS living on a small road chosen as the access to a huge new housing estate have said they will ‘explore all avenues’ to get the decision over-turned.
Heather Close in Branston was approved as the second access to a development of almost 500 homes and a school on the B&Q depot when the application was passed on Monday – despite the fact residents and councillors had serious safety concerns.
Developers Bedell Corporate Trustees Limited and Atrium Trustees Limited refused to do the necessary work to assess the viability of other options, which residents believe might have been more suitable.
One resident of the road, who asked not to be named, said: “None of the residents are objecting to the development – they welcome it – but on the grounds of safety we object to the access.
“We’ve had many cars with minor bumps and they have gone into trees. We’ve had a child knocked over at the front of the house. If there has been minor bumps and scratches in normal circumstances, you can imagine the scenario we will have.
Plans for the 483 new homes and a primary school on the site were passed after a slim majority of the planning board voted in favour of the development. Several said they felt they had no choice but to approve it, as there would be no grounds to defend against an appeal when the access had been approved by highways bosses. Two councillors abstained from the vote.
The problem, residents have said, relates to a blind spot caused by one of the houses. Another will be caused when this new access is put in place, they say.
Ian Barthorpe, whose property will be affected directly by these plans, said: “I am extremely disappointed that, despite several other viable options being found on the last investigation, the planning committee chose to ignore these and continue with this dangerous development of Heather Close.
“I know I speak for the rest of the residents when I say that we will look at all avenues to get this decision overturned.”
One of the other proposed access points was some land to the north of Heather Close, which the developer refused as money is to be given to make it into a play area – something those living nearby have said is surplus to requirements in the area.
The other access, at Culland Road and Mellor Road, was decided to be unsuitable.