Uttoxeter’s Member of Parliament, Andrew Griffiths, has secured a further round of consultation for local residents on the Hazelwalls Farm Development following concerns raised over the planning process.
The Hazelwalls Farm Development would see 429 new homes be built to the south of the Stafford Road and it was in both the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan which local residents supported in a referendum. However, the planning application agreed by East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Planning Committee was almost 20% over the previously outlined settlement boundary, with residents unhappy that they felt they were not properly consulted on the changes to the development.
After residents raised their concerns with the local MP, Mr Griffiths wrote on their behalf to both East Staffordshire Borough Council and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, to highlight their concerns. As a result, the Council replied stating that they will now undergo a further round of consultation to let residents make their views know.
Andrew said, “I have received concerns from many residents in Uttoxeter over this development and their disappointment at not properly feeling consulted on. This is not about being against housing or development. Residents recognise the need for more homes to help more people onto the housing ladder – that is why they backed the original proposals outlined in the Neighbourhood Plan in a local referendum.”
“What this is about is local input and everyone working together to ensure that sensible and managed development is agreed with the local community. I am pleased that the Council will now undertake a further round of consultation on the Hazelwalls Development and I would urge all residents to take part”.