ANOTHER major housing plan in a village near Uttoxeter has been met with fierce opposition by parish bosses.
Just 18 months after registering their objections to a 90-home scheme also including business units, Rocester Parish Council has registered its opposition to an 18-home proposal.
The scheme could see homes of various sizes installed on land at Eyes Farm already earmarked as a conservation area.
It would involve the demolition of several buildings on the land.
However, developers Heaton Planning would set aside land for public use, which could be earmarked for some ‘community projects’.
Rocester Parish Council chairman Philip Atkins, who is also the leader of Staffordshire County Council, told the Advertiser he is concerned about road safety, location and future use of the site.
He said: “From a county councillor’s perspective the proposal’s proposed access comes out close to the village school and on a very narrow road with no footway.
“It will raise that with county highways.
“It is ironic that it involves the demolition of a converted farm building in a conservation area.
“The site is also within the site of the Roman Fort, not the ‘supposed’ site.
“The land proposed to be given to the village for public use is only to enable more houses to be built on the site and would involve expense of maintenance and safety to the parish council.
“It would also lead to additional traffic through the inadequate access.
“The parish council has made objections to the proposals..”
Last year plans were entered for the demolition of Churnet Farm, in High Street, to make way for 90 homes and industrial units.
The application includes some affordable housing and 10,000sq ft of land earmarked for employment.
It also included an area of open space on the 12-acre site, which is situated to the west of the village.
Councillor Atkins, speaking when the outline application was entered in April 2012, said one of his main concerns with the proposal was the associated flood risk.
He said: : “The demolition of the property Churnet House itself is a concern as this is a conservation area.
“Flood risk is also a concern for the council.”