Families to fight plans for 140-home development on green space

Residents have vowed to fight plans to build 140 houses in their neighbourhood. Redrow Homes and Anwyl Land are proposing to develop land in Baddeley Green.

The scheme would see 140 homes – ranging from one bedroom up to five-bedroom, built on what nearby residents say is precious green space. They say if the development on land north of Leek New Road goes ahead, it will destroy the ‘lovely views’ of an area used by many who live nearby to enjoy the outdoors and take exercise.

There are also concerns about the amount of disruption that would be caused to homeowners on the Doulton Estate while construction was underway. The development, which would also include a children’s playground and ‘informal open space’, is being opposed by the Stoke-on-Trent Labour Group.

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Member Dan Mazhar said: “It’s not right that residents are expected to accept that their green spaces will be destroyed. There are many other areas of the city with swathes of brownfield land which could do with development, so why here?”

The developers have released details of the proposed scheme as they prepare to submit a planning application to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Documents published by chartered town planner Hourigan Connolly on behalf of Redrow and Anwyl Land state: “There is an urgent need to increase the supply of new homes across the whole of the country and Stoke-on-Trent is no exception. The applicants consider the site at Baddeley Green to be an ideal site to help meet this housing need.

“Pre-application discussions have taken place and are ongoing with officers of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the proposals take account of their initial feedback.”

Planners say the comments made by nearby residents during a brief consultation period – which has now ended – will also help form the planning application, which is expected to be submitted by the end of this month. Thirty-five of the 140 homes would be classed as affordable housing. The nearby allotments are not included in the proposed site.

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