Seven potential sites for a new 'garden community' of thousands of new homes in Stafford area have been revealed.
Former Ministry Of Defence land near Stone has previously been identified as a potential site for ten thousand new properties, known as Meecebrook.
But the borough council are currently exploring a number of potential locations to accommodate a new Garden Community (which also includes Major Urban Extensions) as reasonable alternatives, which have been identified by the council and have been independently assessed.”
The other potential garden community sites, which would include employment space, are as follows:
Up to 3,500 homes on land north and east of Gnosall
Up to 3,250 homes on land between Gnosall and Haughton, north of the A518
Up to 5,250 homes near Seighford, on a “largely agricultural site with an airfield and established employment land either side of the B5405 to the west of Stafford”.
Up to 5,000 homes on land to the north of Redhill Business Park and to the west of the A34 near junction 14 of the M6
Up to 2,750 homes on the former Second World War airfield at Hixon. Much of the site is currently unused and partly developed as an industrial park.
Up to 2,000 new homes on land east of Weston – although the report said “there are a number of environmental constraints in this area”.
The report added: “The final choice of Garden Community(ies) / Major Urban Extensions will be determined by a number of factors including the level of housing requirement to be set by the New Local Plan; the spatial strategy ultimately selected; whether a combination of more than one Garden Community is selected to support the spatial strategy; (and) their deliverability including provision of new infrastructure, services and facilities.”
Councillor Frances Beatty, cabinet member for economic development and planning, said: “This is an important time for our borough, which like many districts across the UK will need to accommodate significantly more development over the next 15 years and beyond. The challenge for us all is to balance our economic growth with a good life for our communities, whilst protecting our valued environment.
“So we want your help in shaping Stafford Borough’s future so that our young people can find jobs; older people are supported as they age; tourism and new businesses grow and prosper; that the community is healthy and active; the built and natural environment are protected and that climate change is tackled.”
Four public exhibitions will be held as part of the consultation, where council officers will be on hand to answer questions. Alongside new housing and business development sites they will be seeking views on topics such as climate change, town centres and economic prosperity.
Council officers will be on hand to answer questions at four public exhibitions as part of the consultation over February and March at:
· Monday 24 February, 4pm to 8pm: Jubilee Room, Eccleshall Community Centre
· Wednesday 26 February, 4pm to 7pm: Hixon Memorial Hall
· Saturday 29 February, 12pm to 4pm: Stafford Central Library
· Tuesday 3 March 4pm to 8pm: Westbridge Room, Christchurch, Stone
The Stafford Borough Issues and Options document which is part of the Local Plan review is available to view from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/new-local-plan-
The consultation ends at 12 noon on 31 March 2020 and for further information contact email@example.com or 01785 619636 / 01785 619650. You can also view the documents at libraries or the Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford.