200 homes planned next to A449 in Penkridge
Up to 200 homes could be built in a Staffordshire village, sparking fears over traffic chaos.
Bloor Homes has unveiled its proposal for a housing estate just north of the centre of Penkridge.
The properties would be on the west side of the A449 Stafford Road backing on to Nursery Drive. Bosses at Leicestershire-based Bloor Homes say the site is ‘ideal’ due to its transport links.
But a leading councillor has expressed concerns over whether the village could cope with an influx of traffic – and people.
A public consultation on the scheme has been launched ahead of a formal application being lodged with South Staffordshire Council.
Councillor Len Bates, who represents Penkridge North East and is vice-chairman of South Staffordshire Council, said: “I do have concerns on the effect this will have on our infrastructure, particularly in terms of our doctors surgeries and schools.
“This is a lot more people to be welcoming to Penkridge and of course there are concerns about traffic issues, but that is always a problem here. If this goes ahead along with the rail freight hub plans, the roads could become far too congested.”
Bloor Homes planning director, Max Whitehead, said: “Our plan is to deliver attractive new homes that complement the local area, while helping to address the shortage of affordable homes in Penkridge.
“The site is ideally located, just a short walk away from public transport links and local amenities.
“We are mindful that any residential development in Penkridge must be tailored to the town’s needs.
“Before submitting a planning application we will be consulting with local residents.
“Working with local people is a crucial part of our development process and helps to shape our plans, so please take the time to let us know what you think about our proposals.”
Recent proposals for a huge freight hub down the road from Penkridge at Gailey prompted a backlash from villagers over fears the development would lead to traffic chaos on the A449.
Hundred of residents recently packed out a meeting on the scheme, saying the route already gets ‘gridlocked’ every time there is an incident on the M6, with the village sandwiched between junctions 12 and 13.