KEY infrastructure questions about schooling, medical and traffic needs couldn’t be answered by developers proposing to build 250 new homes at the top of Loxley Road, in Stratford, despite repeated questions from local residents who oppose the scheme, it was claimed this week.
Objectors said none of the questions they asked were answered in sufficient detail by representatives from Gallagher Estates and the Pegasus Group at a public exhibition held in Tiddington last Thursday, leaving many residents with the opinion the exercise was more of a “fact finding” exercise on behalf of the developers rather than any meaningful dialogue with the public who attended.
As a result, it’s been confirmed this week that a residents’ action group will be formed to ask the all-important questions about the impact 250 new homes would have on the area.
“What about the extra capacity at local schools? What about a pharmacy? What about the local road network and the increased congestion on Clopton Bridge? We need answers because these questions are important and we certainly don’t want another Birmingham Road scenario where traffic delays are lengthy,” said Cllr Kate Rolfe, (Lib Dem, Stratford, Alveston).
“We asked the same, simple, straightforward questions any member of the public would ask faced with a planning proposal they’re concerned about, but no-one hosting the exhibition had any answers.
"Residents in the area of Loxley Road will now push ahead with an action group and we’ll make our objections known at both district and county council level.”
Judging by early public feedback from those who attended the exhibition last Thursday, it’s claimed residents are 100 per cent opposed to the housing scheme, which at this stage is very much in its infancy, although a formal planning application from Gallagher Estates is believed to be on its way to Stratford District Council by the end of the year; that’s according to those residents who attended the exhibition and did get an answer to that particular question.
The Herald has contacted a spokesperson acting on behalf of Gallagher Estates on three separate occasions but so far there has been no response as the individual concerned has not been available for comment.
The initial public consultation process, initiated by Gallagher Estate and the Pegasus Group, closes this Sunday. For more information visit www.loxley-road.co.uk
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