The Battle to protect the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area

Local residents are set to continue their battle to save a unique piece of countryside near Stone from developers.

In 2013, Seddon Homes Ltd had their outline planning application for 34 homes to be built on a field in Nicholls Lane refused by Stafford Borough Council. The company has subsequently appealed against the decision

The field is situated in the picturesque setting of the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area (MVCA). The Council’s Planning Committee decided that the development would harm this valuable Heritage Asset including the setting of Hayes Mill and associated Mill workers cottages.

Stafford Borough Council has now adopted the local Development Plan and indirectly, as a consequence of that, the appeal regarding the field at Nicholls Lane has been upgraded to a full Public Inquiry.

Gill Stanford, a member of the local residents action group said that “The MVCA, with its ancient water mills, has historic links with the likes of James Brindley and Josiah Wedgwood and is rated as the most sensitive site to change in Stone. It would be a disaster for our heritage if the developer is allowed to destroy this unique asset”

Members of the Action Group will be at Oulton village fete on Saturday 12th July to provide information as well as leafleting local people to ensure that they are well informed about what is happening to their surrounding countryside.

Any member of the public can comment about this Appeal to the Planning Inspector but, timescales are tight – letters or emails have to be received by the 25th July.

More information about the Residents’ battle to save this unique piece of countryside can be found at