Hundreds of new homes for Stafford

Hundreds of new homes will be built in Stafford under new plans revealed today.

Developers have drawn up the plans for up to 350 new homes at a huge site off Sandon Road.

A new play area would be built, roads would be improved, footpaths upgraded and a new cycleway could be created. The proposals form part of Stafford Borough Council’s plans for the north of Stafford to deliver around 3,100 homes by 2031.

Worcester-based Maximus Strategic Development has drawn up the plans for the 17.42 hectare site which will go on show to the public next week at an exhibition, ahead of a planning application being submitted later this year.

Council bosses say it would be one of the first phases of a significant development, which would also require other amenities such as new schools, parks and employment land.

The Plan for Stafford Borough is a new planning policy document which manages where new development, such as housing, shops and green spaces, can take place over the next 20 years.

Principal planner Mark Dauncey, from the Pegasus Group, said leaflets about the scheme, together with an invitation to view the plans at Hopton Village Hall on Tuesday (9), had been distributed to local residents.

He said: “The site has been allocated for a housing in the plans for Stafford.

“It would be the first phase of a much bigger strategic development. It’s effectively going to be an extension of Stafford town.

“We client, Maximus Strategic Development, would be looking to submit a planning application in the autumn.”

He said a date was yet to be decided when work could begin if planning permission was passed by council chiefs.

Stafford Borough Council spokesman Will Conaghan said: “This would be the first stage of a significant development in the north of Stafford.”

Leaflets delivered to local residents in the area said the development would keep many of the existing hedgerows and vegetation surrounding the site, and include an equipped play area and a substantial area of public open space.

A new priority junction is being considered to improve access onto Sandon Road alongside an upgraded footpath on Sandon Road which could include a cycleway.

A consultation is being held until September 21.

An exhibition of the plans will be at Hopton Village Hall, Wilmore Hill Lane, Hopton, on Tuesday from 3pm to 7.30pm.

Details on how people can comment of the scheme is available at www.northstafford.co.uk

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