Plans for 'horrific' homes thrown out
PLANS to build "ugly" homes on an area of green land have been thrown out.
Kenneth Underwood applied for permission to create five two-storey houses on a plot behind South View in Sandy Lane, Brown Edge.
Nearby residents opposed the proposals and 14 letters of objection and a 33-name petition were sent to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
Despite the scheme being recommended for approval by planning officers, members of the council's planning committee voted unanimously to reject it.
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Ken Wainman, the applicant's agent, told the committee meeting: "There would be five dwellings on the site, which is considered to be highly sustainable because of the proximity to local facilities.
"The redevelopment of this site for housing is appropriate in planning policy terms.
"The design reflects the character of the surrounding area."
But objectors said the road was narrow and extra traffic generated from the new homes would increase the risk of accidents.
They also claimed there was not enough room on the road for pedestrian walkways.
Other concerns included the loss of open space, the design being out of character with the area, and added pressure on the sewage system.
Planning committee members also criticised the proposals.
Liberal Democrat councillor John Fisher said: "I think green amenity land within our urban boundaries is very important and should be preserved at all costs.
"The design is totally inappropriate for this site."
The design also caused concern for Independent councillor Jim Davies.
He said: "The houses themselves in this environment are totally wrong. It's a very inappropriate style for this semi-rural area.
"It seems totally wrong in this spot, which is extremely beautiful."
Moorlands Democratic Alliance councillor Linda Malyon said bungalows would be preferable to houses.
"The design of these houses is awful," she said. "You walk down the road and you just see a gable end. It's bland and it's ugly.
"A village needs a little bit of green. To put five houses on there is excessive, and bungalows are probably needed more than houses."
Fellow Moorlands Democratic Alliance councillor Ron Locker, pictured left, added: "If you look at the design of these it's horrific.
"The houses in that area are all individual and they are all beautiful.
"These lanes were not built for today's vehicles.
"I know there are problems when the refuse lorry goes down there, and we are going to add to that if we approve this.
Members of the planning committee refused the application by 11 votes to nil.