Blueprint for fewer homes on greenbelt land in the Moorlands

A REVISED blueprint affecting greenbelt development in the Staffordshire Moorlands has been published

The updated document – the Local Plan – includes less proposals for building on greenbelt land.

Various changes have been made to the original plan after more than 8,600 people put forward their views on the proposals to the district council last year.

It means plans for up to 300 homes earmarked for a greenbelt site off Akesmore Lane, Biddulph have been scrapped, after 450 people signed a petition against its inclusion.

Sites off Newpool Road, north of Mill Hayes Road, in Knypersley, and off York Close and Essex Drive, in Gillow Heath, have also been removed.

However, a greenbelt site off Tunstall Road has been retained and a new one off Meadows Way has been added.

As a result the number of homes proposed for greenbelt sites in Biddulph has been reduced from 480 to 251.

The finalised Local Plan for the district, which is due to be published next February and submitted to the Government in June, will guide how 6,000 homes, together with sites for employment and other uses, will be delivered across the district by 2031.

A Staffordshire Moorlands District Council report states: “This change is proposed in response to significant constraints identified in the supply of suitable sites to serve the rural areas.

In particular, greenbelt limits opportunities for growth across much of the rural areas.

The plan still seeks to focus the majority of development in the towns and larger villages which are more sustainable.”

Taking into account homes already built of planned, a total of 3,859 will have to be delivered over the last 14 years of the plan period.