Homes Plan Resubmission Leads To Further Objections

Controversial plans for a housing estate have been resubmitted – five months after the original scheme was thrown out amid fears residents would be disturbed by barking dogs.

Proposals to build 49 homes off Tenford Lane, Tean, were rejected by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council in November.

At the time, planning officers recommended refusal because it was thought noise from Tenford Kennels in nearby East Mount would disturb the occupants of the new properties.

A total of 71 objection letters were also lodged with concerns including road safety, extra pressure on local services and the loss of open countryside.
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Now a revised scheme for 40 houses have been recommended for approval ahead of a meeting of the planning committee this week.

If passed, it would see the open space area relocated to the new homes to create a buffer zone.

However, 58 people opposing the scheme are still worried the new residents will complain about dogs barking which could lead to the ‘vital’ facility’s closure.

They have also highlighted issues including schools and GP surgeries not having enough capacity, the impact on the village’s infrastructure and over-supply of housing with plans for 70 homes already approved for land off nearby Cheadle Road.

Objector Lisa Morrey, of Cavendish Road, Tean, said: “I have first-hand knowledge having lived here for the last 10 years.

“Believe me the noise is quite loud for prolonged periods throughout the day.

“I would imagine these houses would be significantly impacted by the noise.

“The applicant suggests the houses would not need to have their windows open and then the noise levels would be within tolerable limits.

“Is this really an acceptable solution?

“I thought fresh air was good for us all.

“This solution is not a workable one.”

Resident Tracy Clewlow, of Red Hill Drive, Tean, added: “The housing estate is plenty big enough as it is.

“There is enough traffic travelling up and down Tenford Lane and we don’t want any more.

“It is already difficult to get a doctor’s appointment and schools are oversubscribed with many of our neighbours already travelling to Checkley and Uttoxeter.

“The village is fine as it is, we don’t need more housing.”

The authority’s environmental health department has now suggested an acoustic fence is installed to help keep out the noise.

In a report, the authority’s environmental health department said: “The removal of a strip of housing and increase in a buffer zone is an improved plan to ensuring amenity protection for future occupiers.

“All houses where possible should be kennel facing so that the rear gardens are afforded protection.

“There remains some concern that noise to an extent may impact future houses. However, as there is already an increased number of properties pre-existing within a 125m radius of the kennel then the justification for objection is eroded.”

Council planners believe residents moving into the new homes will not be bothered by the noise of dogs barking as a result of changes.

In their report, they said: “There are no longer fundamental concerns that the scheme for up to 40 dwellings would lead to adverse noise impacts to future occupiers from the adjoining large-scale kennels.”

If approved, 13 of the 40 homes would be affordable and each property would have off-site parking and ‘generous gardens’.

A final decision will made at Thursday’s meeting, which starts at 2pm.

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