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Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Noah, Feb 5, 2018.
Because, of course, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown did so much to make things better didn't they...
That's good news. I've heard some really positive things about them.
And, your point is?
The housing targets are based on the areas housing need, as such they are not deternined by the government but demographics etc.
Developers pick the best sites, sometimes these can be brownfield sites. The advanatge of brownfield sites over a greenfield site is that the principle of development is acceptable and they can come forward much quicker, subject to them being viable and not having any constraints to development. Contrary to popular belief there is a brownfield first policy in this country, however brownfield sites alone will not deliver the required number of homes. Plus there are other conflicting demands on brownfield sites, which mean that they are not always available to housebuilders.
Hasn't Stafford already got all its required houses, though?
IMO - yes, especially given the limited facilities and the roads. You only have to look at how difficult it is to get an appointment at the doctors and the local hospital services are gradually been eroded so people have to travel to Stoke, Cannock, Wolverhampton. Traffic congestion is bad, not helped by all the disruption caused by various developments. I dread to think what it will be like when all the new houses are occupied and the new occupants start commuting to work due to limited local employment opportunities.
We do also have to consider how often the new infrastructure will get ripped back up again because it's all a little iffy..?
We have seen that a few times on Silkmore Lane, etc.
Should think it's Going to be fun for all the traffic trying to access/exit that estate onto the new WDR and then onto Forgate St or the Newport Road.
It'll be fine, don't worry.
The current works snarling up Eccleshall Rd ar due to a collapsed sewer, according to the E&S, but they dug that up a few years ago. Basic infrastructure intended for a few Victorian houses.
Did the works get ram raided?
(Saving you all form the horrors of the E&S site)
Diggers move in for works on new homes near Stafford Castle Golf Club
By Richard Guttridge | Stafford | News | Published: 3 hours ago
Mystery surrounds a new development in Stafford where diggers have moved in to begin work.
Several major developments are planned on land near Stafford Castle Golf Club, with workmen having moved onto a site near the M6.
There has been activity this week but as of yet no confirmation about what work is being done.
Plans are in the pipeline for around 70 homes on the former rugby club playing fields and an assisted living retirement complex will be built nearby.
Taylor Wimpey will also be building 1,500 homes in the area, while a long-running scheme to extend the golf course from nine to 18 holes is currently ongoing.
Stafford councillor Carolyn Trowbridge said she believed preparations works were being carried out ahead of the major developments, which will also see a new access road created.
Councillor Trowbridge spearheaded a campaign to ensure green space was kept for residents when the Taylor Wimpey development is complete.
She said: "There are 64 assisted living units being built next to the surgery and behind that 70 houses on Mansell Close, on the rugby pitch.
"I have seen diggers around that area and I believe they are doing footpaths around there and checking the ground.
"Then there will be 1,500 homes on the way - there is so much development at the moment."
Developers Lovell faced a battle to get permission to build on the rugby pitches and were tweak the plans due to concerns the area would be left with a lack of green space.
There has also been anger about the length of time it has taken to extend the golf course - a job that started was back in 2008.
Councillor Trowbridge sought to reassure residents about the scale of development on the way in Stafford - saying it could have been much worse.
She said: "We have got an acre of land that is staying green so it has been a real success that we have been able to keep that. We will be trying to do the same with the 1,500 homes.
"We would like to be able to keep as much green space as possible and that's what we intend to do but it's in the plan for the Stafford borough so it is going to be developed."
(Picture that doesn't actually show any diggers - doesn't anyone at the E&S own a drone??)
Lo-Vis diggers are available for subterfuginous activities.
No. The local authority are required to meet the housing requirements set out in the local plan. The councils ability to meet this housing requirement requires those sites allocated for housing development to come forward.
Not a digger in sight at 4pm, the only construction activity was footpath widening and resurfacing probably in anticipation of the war......
Another non-story from the Distress & Star. Good to see the local councillor has little idea of what's going on in her ward as well.
But doesn't the council essentially have to 'show willing' in making land available to 'meet' this housing requirement?
The sites are allocated, what more can they do?
What possible 'ability' do they have to 'require' it to then 'come forward'? Are they, if fed up of waiting, about to build them themselves?
I think what @Pooryorick alludes to is that Stafford already has sufficient planned required housing, does it not? The fact that they are yet to be actually built is hardly their fault.
What, like council houses?
Like i said, this modern history confuses me...