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Plans for 374 new homes in Burntwood have been drawn up. A formal application for the new development on land off the Burntwood Bypass has been submitted to Lichfield District Council. Barratt Homes and Taylor Wimpey are hoping to get the go-ahead for the new estate. A statement supporting the application explained: “The site was temporarily used as a store for spent munitions in the late 1940s/early 1950s. “It currently comprises undulating rough grassland, together with drainage channels, marsh areas and ponds, the remnants of former buildings and several stockpiles of demolition debris. “The surrounding area has been subject to significant change over recent years, including the construction of the Morrisons store and the clearance of both the former Olaf Johnson factory and ‘Blue Hoarding’ industrial site.” Access to the new estate would be via Milestone Way, while a path through the land to Chasewater will be diverted through the development. The developers added: “Analysis of key local facilities shows that the application site lies within a five minute walk of Morrisons supermarket, and both Chasetown Community School and St Joseph and St Thomas RC primary School. Burntwood Business Park is also walkable within this timeframe. “Additional local facilities and services are readily available within a 12 minute walk, including Burntwood town centre, Library and Leisure Centre, Chasetown Medical Centre and Dental Surgery, two local pharmacies and several smaller supermarkets.” Around 50 per cent of the proposed development will be three bedroom homes, with the rest being two and four bedroom properties. “The development therefore provides a good mix of properties of different tenures at a range of price points, which will result in a more mixed community,” the developer added. “This is good for security because different groups of people are likely to be at home at different times of day, thus improving informal surveillance of the neighbourhood.” Full details of the plans can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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