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Homes approved for Burntwood social club car park despite objections

By Kerry Ashdown | Burntwood | News | Published:

Three new homes are set to be built on the car park of a social club – despite concerns they cause a loss of light to neighbours.

Boney Hay Working Mens Club on North Street Burntwood - picture by Google

Burntwood Town Council objected to the proposals for the back of the Boney Hay Working Men’s Club car park, saying the proposed terraced houses would not be in keeping with other homes in the area.

There were also six letters submitted to Lichfield District Council, raising concerns including road safety, loss of spaces in Sandown Close because of the proposed entrance and insufficient access for emergency vehicles.

Sandown Close resident John Perks spoke out against the opening up of one end of the street if the plans went ahead.

He told Monday’s district council planning committee meeting: “Sandown Close is where children play in a safe environment. Opening the close would cause more traffic.

“This could have a massive impact on highway safety and affect emergency service access to properties.

“The proposed two bedroom homes are not aesthetically in keeping with the site.”

The plans were recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers however – and committee members voted to give the application the green light.

Staffordshire County Council, the area’s highways authority, raised no objections to the application subject to conditions relating to parking and access.

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The loss of parking spaces at the club to development was questioned by committee members at Monday’s meeting.

Councillor Janet Eagland said: “It all seems very close to existing buildings according to the map

But Councillor Diane Evans said: “While I understand the concerns of residents I cannot see any planning reason why we can turn this down.”

Councillor Deborah Baker said: “We do have a need for two bedroom houses.”

Committee chairman Councillor Thomas Marshall said: “The fact the statutory consultees haven’t made any objections means we would be on very dodgy footing if we were to refuse this on highways grounds.”

Kerry Ashdown

By Kerry Ashdown
@KerryAshdownLDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Staffordshire.

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