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200 homes planned next to A449 in Penkridge

By Carl Jackson | Staffordshire | News | Published:

Up to 200 homes could be built in a Staffordshire village, sparking fears over traffic chaos.

This picture shows a birds eye view of the site earmarked

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.

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“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.

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson
@CarlJackson_LDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Birmingham City Council.

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