Lightwood residents joy as green land build plans rejected by Stoke-on-Trent City Council

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Residents in Longton are celebrating after plans to build executive homes on green land off Lightwood Road were thrown out.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s planning committee rejected plans by St Modwen Properties to build more than 100 homes which could have been completed as early as 2021.

Many councillors voted against the plans, saying that they did not believe these proposals fitted the exceptional circumstances needed to build on green land.

They said Stoke-on-Trent has many derelict sites which would benefit more from development, and that there is no need for executive homes, as houses close by in Wedgwood have not been sold, despite being considered ‘executive’.

Mike Herbert, regional director of St Modwen Properties, claimed the new homes were a chance to ‘do something truly special’ in Stoke-on-Trent, and that the houses would encourage investment.

But more than 50 residents attended the planning meeting at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, chaired by Cllr Ross Irving.

They claimed the new homes would ruin views of 50 acres of open countryside, and price locals out of the market, as houses would have been expected to sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Stoke-on-Trent South MP Rob Flello said: “This is the first stage of the battle.

“We will carry on fighting, we won’t give up.”

Dave Evans, chairman of Lightwood Community Group, added: “The council has made the right decision.”

He added he was disappointed in chairman Cllr Irving, who had supported the plans.

Cllr Irving had said rejecting the plan was a decision the council would “live to regret” as Stoke-on-Trent is a “city which is on the up”.

But Cllr Sadaqat Maqsoom, for Lightwood and Normacot, said: “It was a very good decision.

“The number of residents clearly showed that.”

Lightwood resident Gill Berks said: “I’m ecstatic. However, this is only the first stage – we have won the battle, but not the war.

“It would have been in our back gardens.”

St Modwen Properties could appeal against the decision.

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