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A new report has recommended councillors approve a new housing development in Burntwood. Taylor Wimpey hope to build 351 homes on land off the Burntwood bypass. Some residents have objected to the application due to the loss of green space, the impact on local wildlife and the lack of a secondary access route into the new estate. The initial plans propose entry to the development via a roundabout on Milestone Way, but the report says a secondary access must be secured. It continued: “The proposal has subsequently been amended to show an emergency access route through the industrial estate which abuts the site. “However, given this adjacent land could change ownership in the future, it is considered that it is necessary to secure this access in perpetuity through a Section 106 agreement.” The development will be a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses. Around 17 per cent of the homes will be classified as affordable properties. There had been concerns about the pressure on local school places and the Local Education Authority had initially sought a contribution of £1.5million to help fund 72 primary and 51 secondary spaces. But the report reveals that the figure has now been re-examined – and that could lead to a reduction in the number of affordable homes. “Following reconsideration of the matter, and based on the reduced number of dwellings on the site, the education authority are now satisfied that there is existing capacity in local primary schools and are seeking a contribution towards an additional 43 secondary places only. “This has reduced the requested contribution to £714,746. “Further evidence has subsequently been provided by way of justification for the level of contribution being sought, including projected pupil growth in Burntwood. They do however appear to show that at there is sufficient capacity until 2017. “While the offered reduction in the level of education contribution being sought is welcomed, this is an additional contribution which was not factored into the initial viability assessment, as the need for additional school places had never previously been identified, including at any stage of the consultation process in respect of the emerging Local Plan. “Such a contribution would have a significant impact on the viability of the scheme and in particular, on the amount of affordable housing that can be delivered on the site.” Lichfield District Council’s planning committee will decide on the development at a meeting on Monday (July 13).

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