David Wilson Homes has submitted a full planning application to Stafford Borough Council to develop land adjacent to Common Lane, Walton Heath, Stone, with 114 high-quality new homes. The development of the site, which is located adjacent to the existing built settlement, will help to meet Stafford Borough Council’s future housing needs.
If approved, the housing proposed will provide a good mix of new homes including one, two, three and four bedrooms, delivering much-needed homes for both families and first time buyers. 30 percent, 34 dwellings would also be affordable houses for local people.
A spacious layout is proposed, with a density similar to the surrounding area. The layout also includes significant areas of new public open space, the retention of the majority of existing trees and hedges and the introduction of new landscaping around the development’s boundary, to ensure the proposal blends with its rural surroundings.
The planning application is accompanied by a Transport Statement, which fully considers all highway issues associated with this proposal. A single vehicle access is proposed from Spode Close which complies with highway safety standards. Traffic calming measures are also proposed within the development, together with sustainable drainage features, which have been specifically designed to ensure that surface water flow rates will not alter from present ‘greenfield rates’.
Jon Rowson, Planning Manager at David Wilson Homes Mercia, commented: “The site, which is adjacent to the existing built settlement and close to local shops and services, has been identified as suitable to deliver some of the much-needed new homes required to be built in Stone. Prior to submitting this application we carefully considered our plans to ensure the design and layout complements existing neighbouring development and sits comfortably within the wider landscape”.
Stafford Borough Council needs to deliver 11,000 homes by 2026. Stafford Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan identifies Stone as a sustainable settlement for growth and as part of the Draft Local Plan, Stone is promoted to deliver 800 new homes. The Council cannot currently identify a 5 year housing land supply and as a result, the Council is now looking at sustainable housing proposals favourably, provided they are unconstrained and relate well to existing settlements. The development of the proposal site would help to meet the shortfall in local housing needs.