40 residents went along to Stone Tennis Club on Monday October 7th to inspect Seddon Homes’ plan for a possible development of around 30 new homes on fields off Trent Road, Stone. Trent Road is the narrow cut-through linking the A34 with Newcastle Road. To the east, the site is adjoined by Chandler’s Way and Stone Tennis Club. The railway embankment adjoins it to the south. Its western boundary is a tributary of the River Trent, which splits for a short distance just north of Trent Road.
The plan is for detached, semi-detached and terraced housing of which 30% would be affordable homes, said Design Consultant Roy Spruce on behalf of Seddon Homes.
The development would also offer a public open space with pedestrian access from Trent Road to a waterside walkway along its western boundary. Existing landscaping would be enhanced to screen it from the A34, he explained.
In a brochure sent out to local residents, Seddon Homes claimed the development would be “a small, sustainable extension to Stone.” “Greenfield sites such as this have to be considered because Stafford Borough have yet to demonstrate they have a five-year land supply to build future homes on,” he claimed.
Following their initial meeting with Borough Planning Officers, Seddon have commissioned a flood risk assessment and an ecology survey.
The exact number of homes and their locations are still to be decided, Mr Spruce continued. “Public consultation events like this allow us to take neighbours’ and residents’ concerns on board, such as the distance from homes on Chandler’s Way next door.”
Once the technical information and feedback have been collated, Seddon intends to apply for planning permission before the end of the year.