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Plans submitted for 40 homes in Yoxall

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

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UP to 40 homes could be built on agricultural land in East Staffordshire if planning officers give the plans the green light.

Developer Providence Land Ltd wants to carry out the housing project on two hectares of land next to Leaafields Farm, in Hadley Street, Yoxall.

A total of 30 per cent of the 40 homes earmarked for the project would be affordable homes for people who are unable to afford to get into the market.

East Staffordshire Borough Council planning bosses have received letters from five residents raising concerns about the impact the development could have on road safety, amenities, pressure on services and the conservation of the village.

But the development would ‘respect the existing village character’, according to the design and access statement submitted from Providence Land Ltd.

It said: “The development will be well-integrated with the existing form and character of the village and should appear a natural addition that successfully rounds off the settlement.

“It will preserve and enhance the existing environmental assets of the site, in particular the integrity of the field boundaries which contain trees and hedgerows.

“The development will ensure green infrastructure is at the heart of the scheme by designing in a high quality green space for enjoyment by the whole village, which will integrate recreation, wildlife and surface water drainage benefits.”

The developer has also revised plans for access to the site since Staffordshire County Council’s highways department initially recommended the development for refusal.

Yoxall Parish Council had also expressed concerns about drivers cutting across a mini roundabout next to Alexandra Drive on the A515.

A letter from the parish council to borough council planning bosses said: “From what we have seen so far, we believe that the scheme in providing 40 dwellings would be acceptable.

“However we have further questions to raise with the developers during the next few weeks.”

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