Cheddleton residents declare their anger at proposed housing development

CHEDDLETON residents are to step up their fight against a proposed controversial housing development in the village.

Around 50 people staged a protest march on Saturday against plans for 21 new homes at Ox Pasture, which the district council planning department are recommending for approval.

Villagers are fighting proposals by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to remove the Local Green Space (LGS) designation from four sites in Cheddleton, which include two off Ox Pasture.

The other two sites are south of the Caldon Canal off the A520 and next to the canal which runs along the perimeter of the village.

The protesters at the weekend carried placards declaring ‘Save our Green Space’ and ‘We don’t want CheddleTOWN’.

Developer L&C Homes is seeking outline planning permission for the Ox Pasture site.

Details will be included in a follow-up application, but an indicative site layout submitted last month showed 21 homes on the site.

Planning officers say the fields at Ox Pasture are ‘attractive’, but the impact of the development would be outweighed by the benefits of the new homes.

Local county and district councillor Mike Worthington said: “ I cannot believe that the land in Ox Pasture is up for approval by the planning officers, despite Cheddleton Parish Council’s strongest possible objections. This has always been visual open space and needs to remain so.”

More than 200 people have written to the district council opposing the controversial homes plan.

District council planning committee members can expect to be lobbied by the Cheddleton campaigners at the meeting which will decide the fate of the proposed development.