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Eccleshall Road

Eccleshall Road - Stone - Staffordshire

A new residential development of 92 homes to the south of Eccleshall Road, Stone, Staffordshire.

  • Land off Eccleshall Road

    We have an option to purchase the Eccleshall Road site from the existing landowner, subject to planning permission being granted for the proposed residential development.

    Stafford Borough Council granted outline planning permission for our scheme in July 2015, which has established the general principle of residential development on the site.

    We have since submitted what is known as a 'reserved matters' planning application for 92 new homes, and this has now been approved. This deals with detailed issues such as property design, layout and landscaping which have not already been established at outline stage.

    Our proposals have been developed following a public consultation held in June 2013 at the Frank Jordan Centre in Stone, giving local people the opportunity to find out more about the emerging scheme and provide their feedback.

  • The development site

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    Vehicle access to the development will be from Eccleshall Road. Image: Google.

    The proposed development site covers an area of 3.74 hectares and is currently in agricultural use as a grazing field for livestock.

    It is located on the south-western fringes of the Stone settlement area, between Eccleshall Road and Common Lane, with Eccleshall Road providing direct access to the town centre approximately 1.6km (1.0 miles) away.

    The site is bordered by existing housing (Foxwood Close) at its eastern boundary, while housing to the south (Wedgewood Avenue) is separated from the site by Common Lane. A large residential farmhouse and scout hut are located immediately adjacent to the site at its south-western corner off Common Lane, and a small terrace of cottages in Eccleshall Road is situated at the north-eastern corner of the site.

    The site is bordered by hedgerow on all sides with mature trees spanning the length of its boundary with Common Lane. Because of its agricultural use, there are no landscape features in the central body of the site.

    The site is within walking distance of local facilities and the B6026 Eccleshall Road provides good transport links to the centre of Stone and to the A34 for Stafford, Stoke and the M6.

  • Our proposals

    Eccleshall Road Detailed Layout

    The detailed layout of our proposed Eccleshall Road development.

    Following discussions with Stafford Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council, we developed an initial masterplan for the proposed Eccleshall Road scheme.

    This was shaped through public consultation to inform the outline planning application for the development, which has now been approved, and we have since developed our proposals in further detail as a separate 'reserved matters' planning application.

    Our detailed scheme has been designed to work with the constraints and opportunities of the site to create a development with a distinctive sense of place which respects the heritage of the local area, as well as the setting and amenity of neighbouring properties.

    Key elements of the proposed development are as follows:

    • 92 new homes
    • 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom properties
    • 40% affordable housing
    • Vehicle access from Eccleshall Road
    • Pedestrian and cycle links to Eccleshall Road and Common Lane
    • New homes designed to respect and complement local heritage using traditional building materials
    • Informal areas of public open space plus a children’s play area
    • Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) to manage surface water run-off within the site and ensure the development does not increase the risk of flooding elsewhere
    • The majority of healthy trees and hedgerow to be retained and enhanced with new planting and landscaping to create a high-quality landscaped environment
  • Local contributions

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    As part of our proposed development we will provide a number of contributions towards improving existing local facilities, services and infrastructure.

    These will include:

    • £400,000 towards local education provision
    • A contribution towards off-site public open space improvements
    • £280,000 towards local sports facilities
    • £55,000 towards local highways improvements
  • Development timeline

    October 2016 – Anticipated commencement of works on site

    January 2016 – Planning committee granted reserved matters approval

    August 2015 – Reserved matters planning application submitted

    July 2015 – Outline planning permission granted

    July 2014 – Revised outline planning application submitted, including 40% affordable housing

    April 2014 – Outline planning application refused

    November 2013 – Planning application submitted

    June 2013 – Public consultation held