Plans revealed for new road off A50 ‘accident blackspot’ as huge site to be developed
Residents have raised concerns about a new access road off the dual carriageway at Blythe Bridge
Work on a controversial new housing estate is moving closer as plans for an access road to develop the remainder of the site are set to be approved.
Developer St Modwen already has planning permission for 118 homes on fields near the Blythe Bridge by-pass.
The development was approved despite objections from families living near the site, who said the surrounding road network would not be able to cope.
The original planning permission included an access off the A521 Uttoxeter Road – which has not yet been started – and plans have now been lodged to extend this, with a view to commencing Phase Two of the scheme. This could be either employment use or more housing.
A report that will be considered by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning committeetomorrow (September 27) states: “The proposals sought under this planning application seek the delivery of critical infrastructure, which will enable the remainder of the site to be developed in line with the emerging Local Plan allocation.
“The proposed Phase Two access road will unlock further parts of the site, and provide an opportunity for the overall Local Plan Blythe Vale mixed use allocation to come forward, subject to planning permissions and agreements being in place.
“Delivering this strategic site supports investment into the Staffordshire Moorlands economy including through new housing and business investment in equipment and premises with an associated positive impact on the local economy in terms of jobs and purchasing of supplies and services.”
The planning application states that permission for the second phase of the access road is being sought now in order to keep disruption to a minimum. The report states: “Given that Phase One has not yet begun construction, it is sought that this application submitted for the Phase Two access road be approved to enable the efficient construction of the access road serving both phases.
“This combined construction will ensure the most efficient means of development and minimise any disruption caused.”
Planning officers have recommended that the latest application is given the go-ahead, but nearby residents remain concerned about the impact of the development on existing traffic problems.
Lee Warburton, of Uttoxeter Road, Draycott, said: “The planned access for the development is the biggest concern with regards to this application. Without major infrastructure change this will be an accident spot waiting to happen.
“It is on a blind corner as you come from the direction of Draycott on a 60mph spot and any traffic wanting to come out of the proposed access will have to be very wary of pulling out.
“The A50 is already at capacity as a road and the roundabout is already dangerous. This development would make it far worse.”
Another Uttoxeter Road resident, Paul Dyke, said: “How on earth can an access road across an already extremely busy carriageway, no more than a stone’s throw from one of the city’s most dangerous accident blackspot roundabouts, make any sense? Adding the extra cars from 118 houses will only make things worse.”
The development will lead to a number of road safety measures, including a new signal-controlled junction along the A521, a reduction of the speed limit to 50mph and a shared footpath and cycleway.
On the housing site itself, which will include homes ranging from one-bed apartments to four and five-bed houses, there will also be a play area, open space and landscaping. Thirty-nine of the homes will be available either for social rent or shared ownership, with the rest sold on the open market.