Fears over plan for homes at historic site

Villagers have mounted a battle against plans to build 10 homes in the orchard of a historic house in Staffordshire.

Fears over plan for homes at historic site

Villagers have mounted a battle against plans to build 10 homes in the orchard of a historic house in Staffordshire.

Residents have lodged 43 separate objections to the scheme for Abbeylands in Weston near Stafford.

They fear the development will ruin the views of the Victorian house, which dates back to 1858. It is also feared the development will increase traffic using the busy A518 through the village. But Stafford Borough Council's planning committee is being recommended on Wednesday to approve the scheme.

The plans would see a mixture of two and three-bedroom homes built on the site in an L-shape around a courtyard.

Abbeylands, which is Grade II listed, was designed by the famous architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and has been converted into five apartments. A previous scheme to put four homes on the site to the west of the main house was turned down in 2003.

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