A COMMUNITY has declared war on a housing scheme that would mean their settlement had doubled almost overnight.
People in Milton Green are already reeling after a planning officer allowed a 33-house Morris Homes scheme in what was a hamlet of about 50 homes.
But Handley & District Parish Council, backed by locals, is determined to stop a 78-home plan by Marbury Properties on the next door council depot and adjacent fields.
Parish chairman Ron Stockton wrote: “The proposed Marbury Properties scheme would add a further 78 houses amounting to an overall increase of over 200% – guaranteed to destroy the character of the existing area.”
Like the first project, he argued the scheme was unsustainable and would worsen the shortage of school places and drainage issues. In addition, the parish council was ‘totally opposed’ to a proposed new access near the bad bend on the A41.
The council would accept a small scale residential scheme on the depot site coupled with a traffic management plan at the A41/Chapel Lane/Frog Lane junction but was against building on the countryside.
He called for the application to be dealt with by the planning committee not a planning officer like last time.
Finally, Cllr Stockton stressed the site be marketed in a fair and transparent fashion.
However, ward councillor Mike Jones, who declared a prejudicial interest in the application, advised the depot would not necessarily be sold on the open market.
He said: “The sale of property is an officer decision, that's not a decision of the politicians and Noel O'Neill, who's our asset manager, will determine the best way of disposing of properties. He has a remit to maximise value because we are looking for cash to invest in sports centres, roads and all those sort of things.”