Third time lucky for Barlaston home plans

Written by on June 1, 2019

A couple who want to move after their retirement have secured permission for a new home in Barlaston- on the third occasion detailed plans have been before councillors in three months.

Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee deferred its decision on the Longton Road proposal twice in March; firstly for a visit to the site and then two weeks later for the applicant to consider re-siting the house on the plot. But on Wednesday amended plans were given the go-ahead, despite two objections being received.

Outline planning permission had already been granted to build a house on the site, which is in the garden of an existing property. But the detailed plans that later came forward sparked concerns about the new house’s impact on a neighbouring property and “established hedges”

Tim Earley, speaking against the plans at Wednesday’s meeting, described the amended plans as a “token effort”. He added: “The revised application has made no attempts to address the wishes of the committee.”

But two responses in support of the application were received by the council this month.

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One said: “In my opinion this will be a great improvement to the street scene and the overall appearance of the plot.

“For the best part of 10 years it has been an overgrown garden with an asbestos garage on it so to have a property which will be set well back from the road with a tidy frontage will be a great addition to Longton Road.”

Applicant Andy Hodgson told the committee: “Me and my wife retired last year and we wish to move to a smaller house in Barlaston. It’s important to us as part of our retirement.”


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