‘I don’t think the agent lis­tened to what we wanted’

Leek Post & Times - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - By Les­lie Jack­son les­lie.jack­son@reach­plc.com

PLANS to build eight new de­tached houses on the site of the for­mer En­don Rid­ing School have been re­fused.

Mem­bers of Staffordshire Moor­lands District Coun­cil’s plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion com­mit­tee unan­i­mously voted to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion due to what was de­scribed as an ur­ban design in the coun­try­side.

The coun­cil’s op­er­a­tional man­ager, Ben Hay­wood, said the site al­ready had out­line per­mis­sion for de­vel­op­ment

He said: “This ap­pli­ca­tion is for the design and lay­out of the scheme. It is a cul-de-sac ar­range­ment with a sin­gle point of ac­cess.

“There are con­cerns that the pro­pos­als are out of keep­ing in the ru­ral district. It is very sub­ur­ban.

“We are rec­om­mend­ing that the ap­pli­ca­tion should be re­fused.”

Speak­ing to the plan­ning com­mit­tee, nearby res­i­dent, Mar­ion Arm­strong, said that there were a number of points to con­sider.

She said: “The gully in the road is to be made re­dun­dant, which is vi­tal. There is a prob­lem with flood­ing and the verges are washed away. Dur­ing tor­ren­tial rain wa­ter floods down the road like a river.

“I would also like you to con­sider the re­moval of the tree which has dou­bled in size in the last five years in the bound­ary of our drive­way.

“The heights of the new build­ings are a con­cern, they could be smaller on the road side. Road safety is para­mount, five bed­room houses will bring in more cars.”

Coun­cil­lor Paul Roberts said: “I don’t think the agent has lis­tened to what type of design we wanted. We did rec­om­mend that they looked at a site in Caver­swall. This shows how a small site should be de­signed.”

Coun­cil­lor Gail Lock­ett said that they wanted to see the scheme come to fruition.

She said: “The design is out of char­ac­ter. They need to go back and look at Caver­swall as this would fit in the area. What they have come up with will not look right.”

Coun­cil­lor Mike Gled­hill said that an ex­pe­ri­enced de­vel­oper should be able to come up with some­thing bet­ter

“He said: “This is like giv­ing up on a project on a Fri­day af­ter­noon.”

Coun­cil­lor Jim Davies said that the site had po­ten­tial.

He said: “They have omit­ted some houses, but we do need a bet­ter design. This is too ur­ban and you would find it in a town not in the coun­try­side.”

Coun­cil­lor Christina Jebb said the de­vel­op­ment would stick out like a sore thumb

She said: “I am very dis­ap­pointed it still has an ur­ban feel and does not re­spect the coun­try­side.”

The ap­pli­cant’s agent, David Tat­ton said they had looked at the Caver­swall site, but it was not suit­able for this site.

He said: “This is a cul-de-sac with one way in and one way out. It can’t be any dif­fer­ent

“There are five dif­fer­ent hous­ing schemes, there are lots of de­tached houses in the area. We are try­ing to de­velop on a coun­try lane and up to 10 houses were ap­proved by the in­spec­tor on an ap­peal.”

All 12 coun­cil­lors on the plan­ning com­mit­tee voted to refuse the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The for­mer En­don Rid­ing School.

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