Butt Lane residents draw battle lines on Taylor Wimpey major development


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Butt Lane development will see acres of Green Space replaced with housing. (Picture includes site to be developed)

A major development of 171 houses to be built at the rear of Church Street is set to be challenged by hundreds of residents.  Housing developer Taylor Wimpey is set to meet Newcastle Borough Councils planning committee in late August.  The closing date for comments from members of the public is Tuesday 19th August.  If you live near to this development it is important residents comment on the Planning Portal or make representation in writing to:

Newcastle Borough Council Planning Department, Civic Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2AG, quoting reference 14/00562/REM.

You can check out the plans online by visiting the following link and entering reference 14/00562/REM:

Planning Application

Residents have now called a public meeting to take place on Monday 11th August, 7pm at Kidsgrove Athletic Football Club, Hollinwood Road, ST7 1BQ.

Residents have complained of massive increases in traffic using side streets, the A34 and other local roads due to the increase in developments in the local area.  Questions have been asked of the highways department at Staffordshire County Council.  Has enough been done to address the concerns of local roads being ‘strangled’ for the sake of luxury housing developments?  Has Staffordshire Highways department done a thorough survey to find out how we can remedy the heavy flow in traffic at peak times?

Local resident and objector to the application, Jean Evans said: “This development will impact on many lives around the Talke, Butt lane and Kidsgrove area. The proposed access onto Congleton road will without doubt cause huge issues.  We all know there are already serious parking and speeding issues, both of which have the potential to cause a major accident. The damage to the road service caused by the ‘wide’ loads that can come past on a weekly basis, not to mention the unsettling of the manhole covers, that can make an inordinate noise once unsettled, but can take the highways department, months to come an fix.  To encourage even more traffic onto Congleton road without addressing these very serious issues first, is ludicrous. Both mine, my husbands and my mum and dads lives will certainly be impacted by the ‘air pollution’ generated from potentially 120 plus vehicles all queuing to exit onto Congleton road every morning.  Drivers travelling along Congleton road are always very reluctant to let people out.  The amount of properties Taylor Wimpey are proposing means there could be 120 plus engines idling for around 1/2 an hour or so, every single morning”.

Concerns have been raised regarding the lack of affordable properties and social housing on these types of luxury developments.  Far too often local people are being pushed to one side in favour of new residents from outside the area with much more financial means.  This means that young people and even middle aged families in Butt Lane have to move out of the area to buy cheaper properties in the neighbouring city just to get their foot on the housing ladder.  Is this really fair on the local families that have grown up and contributed to this community for many years?  Is it fair that their land is being swallowed up for luxury housing?

Whilst Taylor Wimpey has promised to protect natural woodland on the site, concerns continue to be raised that the development will have a negative impact on the wildlife and environment.  Only a few months ago local people shared their stories of witnessing many habitats for wildlife including bat roosts, badger sets and rare bird nests.  It seems following investigations from local people, the wildlife trust and other organisations have not been contacted to do a thorough investigation of the site to determine how much wildlife will be affected.

Church Street residents are calling for more to be done with regards to the height of the new dwellings at the back of their homes.  For years, people have been use to natural sunlight into their gardens and beautiful views of the countryside behind them.  Whilst this isn’t usually considered by planners, perhaps some kind of compensation should be paid to residents that have lived on Church Street for most of their lives.

My summary as a local representative is not that I am opposed to change.  I am opposed to the way in which this development has been designed.  171 homes for this site seem to be excessive and unhealthy for those that will be living in the properties and those currently living nearby.  Bluebell croft was developed much more sensibly and not in the cramped style being proposed for this development.  Green space continues to be eaten away due to national government planning policy.  Power from local people has been taken away and we no longer seem to get a say on what happens in our community.  We get it that there is a housing shortage, but why is Butt Lane being treated as dumping ground for the rest of Newcastle-under-Lyme?  There are so many questions being asked by Butt Lane Councillors and residents, but it seems everything we ask is dismissed or laughed at.  It is important for residents not to get their hopes up as planning permission has been granted on this site previously, but we must make a stand against the layout, the proposed amount of homes, the increase in traffic and car pollution and the possible destruction of natural habitats and wildlife.  Some would say we are fighting a losing battle, but I will not stand by and ignore the people of Butt Lane.  That is just not the way we do things.

About cllrkylerobinson

Newcastle Borough Councillor and Kidsgrove Town Councillor for the Butt Lane Ward. Please visit my blog www.cllrkylerobinson.com Twitter @kyle_robinson22

Posted on August 6, 2014, in Butt Lane, Kidsgrove, Planning Applications Butt Lane, West Avenue and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hiya Kyle
    Thank you for the information.
    I have clicked on the link and although it takes me to the website it says it can’t display the page?
    I will try again later to place my OBJECTION.
    As I do not live within in the area I wonder if you have any ‘planning application’ reasons for me to use in my objection otherwise it may not carry much weight.
    Look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Love Daw

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    Dawn Dobson

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  2. As a resident of Church Street Butt Lane, I along with many others have seen the increase of traffic in Butt Lane and the surrounding area over the past years. Since the development of Bluebell Croft the traffic has increased even more. Church Street has now become a cut through along with other roads, speeding along West Avenue from Linley Road to Congleton Road and vice versa can only be called a major issue, lorries are using the road even though it has a weight restriction. Congleton Road is a very busy road, we can only see more major issues with the development proposed at that end of the village. Local residents are angry that their concerns are being ignored,and another major development in such a small area along with the new supermarket and petrol station has raised their concerns even more. A development of the scale proposed, we feel, has not been looked into enough on the highways issues. The development proposed behind Church Street has, what used to be a cricket pitch now being developed into a new housing estate, with a road that will run behind the houses on Church Street, this in itself is an issue, all the traffic going out onto West Avenue. What barriers would be put in force on this incline to protect the residents, after the disgraceful fencing issues on Bluebell Croft we do not have a great deal of confidence. The height of the development is an issue, loss of privacy. The development looks overcrowded and cramped, I would myself along with others like to see the planning officers come along to a site visit, there is so much more that can be seen on site rather than on plan.
    We are not totally against development and forward thinking, we just want to be listened to and have some say in the future of our village, we want safety on our local roads for our future generations.

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