CAMPAIGNERS battling to prevent nearly 150 homes being built in a village have received a boost after highways experts raised objections to the plan.
Chiefs at Staffordshire County Council have told developers seeking to build a new estate north of Dark Lane, Alrewas, to come back with a more suitable plan after recommending it for refusal in its current state.
It comes after worried villagers clubbed together to raise nearly £2,000 to hire an independent team of planning consultants to scrutinise the proposals.
Alrewas Parish Council felt the support of the experts would make their arguments stronger and their input appears to have a bearing on the county authority’s decision.
The parish council has listed a number of reasons for its objection to the 144-home development, including lack of school places, fears it would be built near a flood plain and the potential to erode its status as a free-standing village, but the major concern is that the village’s roads are not suitable for such a huge increase in traffic flow.
Alrewas planning chief Will Chapman said: “Parking is already a problem and if we get another 350 cars it is only going to make it worse. It will mean people parking on pavements which will make it difficult for people in wheelchairs and with prams.
“We are aware there has got to be development but it has got to be sustainable and more cars will only make the whole village unsustainable.”
Mr Chapman said the fact residents were prepared to part with their cash shows the level of concern in the village.
He said: “It is a fantastic village in situations like this, everyone supports what we’re doing. We have received offers from two generous citizens which haven’t gone through yet. It demonstrates how people are feeling.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said: “While the county council’s highways team has recommend the application, as it currently stands, be refused on some design and traffic management grounds, we are working with both the developer and Lichfield District Council to address the points we have raised and have requested further information.”