A TAMWORTH councillor is encouraging residents to respond to a planning application which could see up to 165 new homes built on land to the north of the town.
Taylor Wimpey unveiled plans to build homes, areas for play and recreation, and plant new trees on the site, in November 2013 – and a planning application for the development has now been officially registered.
The land forms part of an area where Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council are seeking sustainable residential development up to 2028.
“I am encouraging people to respond to the planning application for this development,” said deputy leader of Tamworth Borough Council, councillor Rob Pritchard.
“I have written a letter to residents with the reference number of the plan on and am encouraging them to make their views known.”
The news of the planned development followed an announcement by Redrow Homes and Bellway Homes of plans for a 500-home housing estate at nearby Anker Valley, south of the Ashby Road, earlier last year.
In November Cllr Pritchard voiced concerns about the impact that the development to the north of Browns Lane would have on traffic in Tamworth – a point he has this week said “still stands”.
“I have concerns over the impact on traffic, schools and the local infrastructure as Tamworth residents will bear the brunt of it,” said Cllr Pritchard.
“There are a number of studies under way to work out whether the traffic flow could be dealt with there but I have got concerns, Anker Valley is in the local plan but outside of that I’m not convinced it could be managed.”
The development would be complemented by financial contributions towards local infrastructure, including schools and community facilities.
Developers have also looked at issues such as drainage and landscape, retaining many of the existing trees and hedgerows.
Taylor Wimpey would – as part of the application which is now live on the Lichfield District Council website – make a proportional contribution, either through payment or implementation towards improvements to help traffic flow along the Upper Gungate corridor where congestion is currently experienced.
“All public input should be submitted to the Lichfield Council Planning Committee, as this land is in Lichfield District Council boundaries. I will support residents fully with their objections,” added Cllr Pritchard.
For more information on the development, visit www.brownslaneconsultation.co.uk or call 0800 148 8911 for more information.