Staffordshire Council Delays Approval of Leek Housing Development

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council delays approval of 12 five-bedroom homes on Bridge End in Leek due to concerns over access and parking. Revised plans aim to address resident concerns, but locals remain skeptical about the development's impact.

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Nitish Verma
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Staffordshire Council Delays Approval of Leek Housing Development

Staffordshire Council Delays Approval of Leek Housing Development

The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has delayed approval of a controversial plan to build 12 five-bedroom homes on Bridge End, a private and unadopted road, in Leek. The decision, expected in October 2024, was postponed after councillors raised concerns over the proposed access to the site along Bridge End, described as a "track".

Why this matters: The controversy surrounding this development highlights the ongoing struggle between meeting housing demands and preserving local amenities, a issue that resonates with communities across the UK. As councils navigate these competing interests, the outcome of this project will have implications for the future of urban planning and development in the region.

Key concerns include the loss of parking spaces, with residents objecting to a 50-75% reduction in current parking provision. The plans would also eliminate the turning circle, forcing motorists to drive the full length of the development to turn around, potentially creating chaos. Residents and ward councillor Charlotte Atkins have expressed concerns over the impact on the quiet enjoyment of the area and the loss of vital amenities.

In response, planning agent Rob Duncan stated that the applicant has commissioned a construction vehicle management plan and a revised site plan to address the concerns. The revised plans include resurfacing the road, providing eight parking spaces for occupiers of properties along Bridge End, a bin collection point, and new landscaping at the junction of the site and Macclesfield Road. "The proposal amounts to a high-quality form of development which has addressed all of the relevant planning issues," said Duncan.

However, residents remain skeptical. "The developer has shown a complete disregard for our concerns with these plans submitted," said Ross Ankers, a local resident. Councillor Atkins added, "The absence of a turning circle will create frustrated motorists having to drive the full length of the development to turn around. It's a recipe for chaos, it's not what these residents deserve."

The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's decision to delay approval of the 12 five-bedroom homes on Bridge End in Leek highlights the ongoing tensions between housing development and preserving local amenities. As the council weighs the revised plans against resident concerns, the fate of this controversial project hangs in the balance.

Key Takeaways

  • Staffordshire Moorlands District Council delays approval of 12-home development in Leek.
  • Concerns raised over access to site along Bridge End, described as a "track".
  • Residents object to 50-75% reduction in parking spaces and loss of turning circle.
  • Revised plans include resurfacing road, 8 parking spaces, and new landscaping.
  • Residents remain skeptical, citing concerns over chaos and loss of amenities.