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Retirement park residents fight warehouses plan

Older residents who live at a retirement park in Stone have hit out at plans to build 18 industrial units just feet from their homes.

The plans – for land off Diamond Way – have been submitted by Byatt Oliver Associates on behalf of a Mr and Mrs Trippett.

But residents of Brooms Park – a small development of park-style retirement homes right next to the proposed development – say the units would have a “terrible impact” on their lives.

The planning application for the “medium to small” units to Stafford Borough Council states: “The proposed development of the site will bring into use a prime employment site which will support and enhance investment and the local economy. The units would not front the neighbouring properties of the Stone House Hotel and Brooms Park and therefore will limit the visual impact and also limit the environment impact from noise and light pollution.”

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A map showing the location of the planned development

Stone Town Council objected to the plans at a recent meeting. And dozens of Brooms Park residents have written letters of objection, saying the development will bring increased noise and is way too close to their homes.

One wrote: “I’m disgusted that the warehouses would be built eight feet away from my bedroom window. I’m 84 years’ old and sometimes go for a nap in the afternoons – how can I do that with all the racket this will cause?”

Another said it will have a “terrible impact” on the lives of those living at Broom Park.

Brooms Way

One Brooms Park resident whose home borders the proposed development, told us: “To see the pensioners in tears, in real distress about this development, is just awful. The view from my home could soon be a huge fence literally just feet away. That can’t be right. We’re going to fight this and I urge people to support us.”

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The view from one Brooms Park home on the proposed development site. The homeowner says all they’ll see if the development goes ahead is a fence just feet away from the window

The resident added: “We all know how busy the A34 northbound is at works finishing time. Anyone who travels this route from Stafford to Stone at this time of day is only too familiar with its effects and the delays created on this stretch of road. They are proposing parking spaces for 83 additional cars.

“Anyone who is familiar with this difficulty could you please email planning@staffordbc.gov.uk by 31st May noon latest quoting ‘Objections to Proposed Planning off Diamond Way Stone, Planning number 16/23975/FUL’.”

Town and borough councillor Jill Hood has ‘called in’ the planning application to make sure the borough council’s planning committee can debate it before any decision is made.

You can see the planning application – and all the comments that have been submitted on it – HERE.

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