Category Archives: West Avenue

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.

Joan Walley MP backs Linley Road Residents

Joan_Walley_MPLabour MP Joan Walley has written to Newcastle Borough Council’s Planning Committee to back the residents of Linley Road and Old Butt Lane with their objections to the removal of condition 16 on West Avenue that restricts deliveries in the evening and in the early hours of the morning.  Residents and local Councillors sought the help of Ms Walley to make it clear the removal of condition 16 would be a disaster.  Kidsgrove Town Council has backed residents and made objections.

Please click the letter below to enlarge:

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Many thanks

Cllr Kyle Robinson

West Avenue Delivery Nightmare

Dear Residents

Please read below my objections to AAH Pharmaceuticals application for the removal of condition 16.

Dear Planning Committee

I am writing to object to application 12/00652/FUL Removal of Condition 16 of Planning Permission 05/00313/FUL (Restriction to hours of access by collection and delivery vehicles).  I am objecting to this item is for several reasons.

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Linley Road is located right on the entrance of West Avenue.

I am concerned about the adverse effect on the residential amenity of neighbours in the evening and early hours of the morning due to noise and disturbance from large delivery vehicles.  Residents of Linley road and Old Butt Lane have reported to me over the years they are already heavily affected by the deliveries that take place in the day time.  This is something they have learned to live with but I feel delivery vehicles using West Avenue in the evening will only make the current noise situation worse.  These complaints are not something residents have made up.  They are legitimate and as a ward councillor for Butt Lane I have witnessed the problems myself.  It’s also confirmed that vibrations from the large vehicles using this road late at night can be very disturbing for residents whose bedrooms are located at the front of their properties.  Headlights on the large delivery vehicles coming in and out of West Avenue also have an impact on the resident’s wellbeing in the evening.

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The entrance of AAH Pharmaceuticals is on the right and to the left are new properties currently being constructed and sold to the public.

I would also like the planning committee to look back on recent applications they have passed for huge developments of residential properties on most of the derelict land on West Avenue.  Despite the noise impact assessment report pointing out: “The site lies within an established employment area and the use carried out by AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited is entirely appropriate”.  The Question I have is what does the council want this area to be?  A residential area or an industrial estate?  If the proposed changes are passed by Newcastle Borough Council planning committee I am afraid they would be seriously misleading buyers of the new properties along West Avenue who at present think deliveries only take place in the daytime.  Condition 16 makes the area more attractive to buyers who currently think there would be little disturbance from local businesses in the evenings and late at night.  In fact viewers of the new properties are told there are no heavy deliveries late at night or at early hours in the morning.

I am asking the committee to sympathise with the residents and understand they have to live with constantly increasing traffic and expansion of business on a daily basis creating more and more noise and disturbance.  We all accept there has to be give and take but it seems it’s always Butt Lane and Talke residents that have to be flexible when it comes to ever-expanding developments and business projects in this area.

Cllr Kyle Robinson