Report backs proposal for 200 new homes next to Hayes Meadow Primary School in Handsacre

A report has backed plans for a 200-home development in Handsacre.

Walton Homes hopes to create a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom properties on land next to Hayes Meadow Primary School.

Objections have been raised by local residents along with Armitage with Handsacre Parish Council.

There has also been criticism of the development from the Inland Waterways Association who claim the scale of the development is inappropriate.

But a report to Lichfield District Council’s planning committee next week has backed the proposals.

The report’s author said: “While I can appreciate concerns that have been raised by local residents regarding the loss of countryside, the site is not designated as being of high landscape value.

“Environmentally, the site would not elongate the form of Handsacre, rather in-fill an area between existing buildings.

“It is considered that adequate, high quality public open space will be provided on site to meet the needs of the future and existing residents.”

The developer will also be required to fund school places to accomodate new children coming into the area.

The report added: “Hayes Meadow is projected to be full for the forseeable future and as such a contribution towards the provision of additional primary school places is reasonable and necessary.

“For this development, given its scale, it is advised to be £463,302.”

Councillors will discuss the report and the development at a meeting on Monday (February 22).

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  1. Jack Andrea

    18th February, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I’m glad the school will get a substantial grant which will benefit it greatly but what about our local GP surgery or any plans to modify Tuppenhurst Lane to cope with the copious amounts of traffic/construction vehicles which will cause a headache for local people? Also, who in their right mind will want to buy a home next to the WCML and to put the cherry on top HS2?? No guarentee these homes will even sell.

  2. Simon

    18th February, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Jack, you seem very informed and know what you are talking about.

    Wouldn’t bother applying for a job at the council planning dept.

  3. Carl lowe

    20th February, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Typical of times today no thought for residents local amenities or losing yet more countryside just as long as someone is getting rich

  4. concerned citizen

    22nd February, 2016 at 8:24 am

    who writes these reports? the authors always seem to be anonymous. are the writers outside contractors or members of the Council staff?

  5. local

    9th March, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I like the way they dangle a carrot by funding to the school but has anyone done any research into the impact of introducing extra traffic in and around the school as Tuppenhurst lane cannot cope at the end of school times as it is? As for the local amenities it takes 2 weeks for an appointment at the doctors at the moment so this will only get worse. All this plus the loss of the countryside just adds up to 1 thing and that’s someone making a fast buck at the cost of local residents.

  6. JSK

    15th June, 2016 at 2:15 am

    I live just off Tuppenhurst Lane. I can tell you the traffic is bad enough now at school times. The road just can not cope. An extra load of houses is totally ridiculous. As for the other comments it’s true. 2 week waiting for an appointment to see the local Doctors. Just think about that for a minute. Two weeks waiting!! Imagine what it’ll be like when these houses are built.
    It’s obvious to me that it’s all about the money!

  7. Thornton

    15th June, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    More houses is not the problem. People have to live somewhere. Just be glad theyre choosing to live in your town.