Lightwood residents fight plans to build 100 homes on greenbelt land

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More than 250 Lightwood residents have vowed to fight to plans to build 100 ‘executive houses’ on greenbelt land next to their homes.

Outline plans have been submitted by Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration Ltd for the homes that are expected to sell for more than £400,000 each on land next to Woodpark Lane and Lightwood Road near Longton, that they claim will boost the economy.

Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration Ltd is a joint venture between developer St Modwen and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

The application says that the scheme will sustain 113 full-time jobs and, once complete, would generate £13m of household spend and £1.75m of council tax revenue.

But residents meeting Stoke-on-Trent South MP Rob Flello and councillors at Florence Sports and Social Club reacted angrily to the proposals.

Lightwood residents meet with local MP and councillors

Lightwood residents meet with local MP and councillors at Florence Sports & Social Club

Dave Evans, who chaired the meeting, urged residents to flood the council with objections.

He said: “We have just 21 days to make our feelings known as the consultation period ends on 5 December.

“This isn’t just about this particular application but about protecting all greenbelt sites because once it’s gone, it’s gone for good.

“There are 170 hectares of derelict brownfield sites in Stoke-on-Trent that they can build these houses on.”

Rob Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South told the meeting he was opposed to the proposals and said that people need to write to all the councillors on the planning committee as well.

Jean Warrilow, 74, Lightwood said: “This is just the thin end of the wedge.

“If they get planning permission for this it will be the green light for more and more houses.”

The planning application to the council states the development “will deliver clear and significant benefits to Stoke-on-Trent in terms of financial expenditure during and after construction.”

“This housing offers a form of housing that is currently unavailable in Stoke-on-Trent.

“This will make a valuable contribution towards reducing outward migration to neighbouring authorities.”

Greenbelt land policy was first introduced in the UK in the 1930s to stop towns and cities spreading out and protect the countryside.

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