A RALLYING cry has been issued to the people of Stretton to back a campaign against a controversial development in the village.
The members of Save our Stretton (SOS) are urging everyone in the village to get involved with a battle against Gladman Developments, which is hoping to build 425 homes on land off Craythorne Lane.
They have already handed out thousands of leaflets about the plans, and they are hoping to spread the word to even more people at a public meeting to be held next week.
SOS member Lorraine Matthews said: “Stretton it isn’t really a village anymore, but it is still a community with a heart and that is worth preserving.
“Many people don’t realise this will affect all infrastructure – roads, sewerage, schools, medical facilities.
“There are already plans to build 1750 homes which will have a direct impact on Stretton, and this new development is on top of those.”
Gladman Developments has not submitted a formal planning application yet, but it is understood an initial application was due to be made to East Staffordshire Borough Council this week.
The site, bordering the old golf club, is not included in the authority’s local plan, nor the Stretton neighbourhood plan. These documents are yet to be formally adopted.
Ms Matthews described this as ‘development through the back door’, as the local authority has little strength to fight the plans without these documents.
A public meeting to discuss the plans will take place at the Priory Centre, Stretton, at 8pm next Wednesday.
The group is also seeking help from anyone who could support their efforts, from planners, fund-raisers and campaigners to solicitors and conservation experts. Visiti www.saveourstretton.co.uk for further information.