The Phase 2 application site is located north of the A513 Beaconside and west of the A34 Stone Road, on the northern edge of the Stafford settlement area.
It is situated within the western section of a wider area of land which received outline planning approval for residential development from Stafford Borough Council in August 2012.
In February 2013, we held a public consultation on our Phase 1 proposals for the eastern portion of the site and full planning permission for this phase was granted in August 2013.
You can find out more about the existing planning approvals for the site by visiting the planning pages of the council’s website, and using the reference number 10/13362/OUT for the outline scheme or 13/18533/REM for the Phase 1 development.
The approved outline masterplan for the overall Beaconside scheme and our submitted layout plan for Phase 1 are both pictured below.
The approved outline masterplan for the overall Beaconside development (click on the image for a zoomable view).
The submitted layout plan for our Phase 1 scheme, which is now under construction (click on the image for a zoomable view).
What does outline approval mean?
The existing outline planning approval for the whole site means that a number of key factors relating to our Phase 2 proposals have already been established. These include:
- The principle of residential development on the site
- Development access arrangements
- Measures to mitigate traffic impact on the wider road network
- Key design principles
The approved vehicle, cycle and pedestrian access to the development will be from two locations off the A513 (Beaconside), with the current speed limit for the A513 to be reduced to 30mph in the vicinity of the site. The wider traffic impact of the scheme has been carefully considered as part of the existing outline approval for the site.
Before we start designing a scheme, we complete an assessment of the site and the surrounding area. We record those features which we need to take into account in our design. All of the relevant considerations for this site have been considered as part of the existing outline planning permission and are detailed below.
This plan illustrates the characteristics of the site which have been taken into consideration in the design of the overall scheme (click on the image for a zoomable view).
The site will be designed to provide an interesting, legible and safe residential environment for people to live in. In designing the site, the relationship with the surrounding area and the scale and design of neighbouring residential areas has been considered in order to ensure that the site relates well to Beaconside and the existing residents.
Drainage and flood prevention
The development site is located in Flood Zone 1, which means it has the lowest risk of flooding. In accordance with the terms of the outline planning permission, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) will be used within the development to ensure that surface water run-off rates are no higher than current levels once the new homes are constructed.
Ecology and trees
All high-quality trees will be incorporated within the development proposals. Any other trees which are removed during construction will be replaced by new trees, complemented by new hedges, planting and green open space. An Ecology Survey has been carried out on site and any measures which are required to protect resident wildlife species will be agreed with Stafford Borough Council in advance of construction.
Footpaths and cycle links
High-quality pedestrian routes will be provided throughout the development to encourage pedestrian and cycle travel both within the site and in the local area.