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Stretton homes plan will ‘kill the village’, says community leader

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

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PROPOSALS to build hundreds more homes in Stretton will ‘kill’ the village, it has been claimed.

Councillor Len Milner, who represents the area for East Staffordshire Borough Council, said plans for 425 houses off Craythorne Road would be the final nail in the coffin for the village, which would be unable to cope with this amount of people.

He said he plans to fight Gladman Developments, which is behind the homes, to make sure the area is protected.

He told the Mail: “Stretton village was a village, but something like this will rip out its heart. It will kill the village.

“Stretton’s infrastructure is not fit for anything other than a village. To propose this many houses is ridiculous.

“This is one fight I will take as far as necessary, and do whatever I can. This is my village, and I won’t allow this. We need to do everything we can.”

He added that he was worried about the impact this development could have on Craythorne Road – which he said was a lane in all but name. “It’s so narrow you can only just get through. It will be impossible with more homes,” he said.

Gladman has delivered leaflets to hundreds of homes around the Stretton area, and invited people to submit their views on the development during the public consultation.

It says on the leaflet: “Stretton supports a range of services and facilities which are used by both residents of the village.

“The site is well located with good access to existing community facilities and the local public transport network. The proposal will provide new homes to sustain the vitality and viability of the local community.”

This is a latest in a number of developments set to affect this side of Burton. Last year, 100 homes were approved just a stones throw from this site, at land off Guinevere Avenue, and Stretton will also be affected by a development of 500 homes off Harehedge Lane.

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