Nicholls Lane Appeal is dismissed‏, to the delight of locals

The rural setting in the Moddershall Valley showing where the the proposed development would have been located, this photograph was taken in 2013.

‘Delighted’ Local Residents!

‘Delighted’ was the response when local residents heard that the Planning Inspector had rejected the proposal to build 34 homes on the field that lies between Nicholls Lane, Hayes Mill and the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area.

Stafford Borough Council had originally rejected the proposal in March 2013, but Seddon Homes Ltd had appealed against the decision and the matter was considered at a Public Inquiry in late 2014.

The Inspector dismissed the Appeal, stating that the proposed development would not accord with one of the core planning principles which seek to conserve heritage assets so that they may be enjoyed by this and future generations.

Local resident, John Sayer, said that he was delighted that the Inspector had agreed with the arguments put forward by both the Council and the local residents’ action group.

Mr Sayer went on to say that

“The proposed development would have been an incongruous extension of urban Stone into a delightful and peaceful area of countryside, with a significant history. There has been overwhelming opposition to this application and the local residents have really pulled together in making our views known. It isn’t over yet though; we now need to urge our new local council to produce a neighbourhood plan as soon as possible.”