RESIDENTS in Stretton have agreed to band together to fight a proposal to build 425 homes on a plot of land in the village.
People in the area say plans to put the homes on a field off Craythorne Road would have nothing but a negative impact on the village, causing traffic problems, over-crowding and more strain on services which are already stretched.
They have now agreed to take whatever action is necessary in a bid to make sure these homes do not get built.
At the latest meeting of Stretton Parish Council, on Tuesday, councillors agreed to back the residents as they sought to fight the proposals, by Gladman Developments, which many agreed could ‘kill’ the village.
One resident said: “If you look at the way Stretton has developed over the years, it’s gone from being a small village to what it is today. If you build 425 houses, what’s going to happen?”
The homes would add to a raft of developments already approved for that part of town, including a controversial plan for 100 homes off Guinevere Avenue, and 500 homes on land between Tutbury Road and Rolleston Road.
Councillor Sam Tilley said at the meeting: “We are against this, as we have been against every one of the plans that has been put forward. There is no space for the houses that have been suggested, and they are going to have a battle on their hands.”
Bill Peacock, a governor at De Ferrers Academy, said there would be no space at the secondary school for the pupils which would come from this development.
He said: “We are chock-a-block. We have reached the limit of what we can take. Anyone that buys a house on that estate is unlikely to get their kids into De Ferrers.”
It was agreed that a ‘coordinated approach’ should be staged, and residents were also urged to contact Burton MP Andrew Griffiths to ask for his support.
The politician told the Mail that he fully backed their campaign, adding: “This would be a step too far. It would damage the village of Stretton and destroy an important green area.”
Gladman developments is currently carrying out a public consultation on the plans, and a planning application has not yet been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council.