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2,000-home plan for Stafford's Beaconside approved

By Jordan Reynolds | Stafford | News | Published:

A 2,000-home plan is set to change the face of Stafford after being given the green light by planning bosses.

An aerial view of the site. Photo: Pegasus Design

The outline proposals for land north of Beaconside includes two new schools, an “elderly living facility” with up to 60 beds and a health centre, and was back before Stafford Borough Council planners on Monday.

Alongside the 2,000 new homes, outline permission is being sought for a primary school, secondary school, two “local centres” to provide retail and business space, an “elderly living facility” with up to 60 beds, a health centre, a park, sports facilities, community gardens and roads.

The site covers an area of about 143 hectares and is located to the north of Stafford, about 3km from the town centre.

The site is to the east of Marston Lane, and north of the A513, with Sandon Road running between the two parcels of the site.

It is currently mostly agricultural fields.

Developer Maximus said the plans could provide up to 28 per cent of Stafford borough’s 2031 housing target.

The Housing Plan for Stafford Borough, which was adopted in 2014, identifies the need for 7,200 new homes within the borough by 2031.

Maximus managing director Jon Hickton said: “We are delighted and relieved that Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee recognised the merits of our scheme.

“We have been consulting with interested parties and key stakeholders since 2013 to ensure that our proposals were delivered in a comprehensive and sustainable manner. What we are envisaging here is the creation of a new community with supporting health centres, schools and shops, as well as green space for recreation and leisure.

“This development of 2,000 homes will go a long way to meeting Stafford Borough’s target of 7,200 homes by 2031."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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