Anger at new homes plan

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Villagers have reacted with anger over plans which could see up to 80 new homes built in Flore following a public consultation held this week.

Hundreds of residents attended the event held at the Millennium Hall on Tuesday which saw Landmark Planning reveal the proposal for the new houses on the High Street and Brington Road.

Public consultation on new homes in Flore, at the Flore Millennium Hall

Public consultation on new homes in Flore, at the Flore Millennium Hall

Villagers had the chance to ask questions about the plans and give their views. Many were worried about school places, noise, the affect on wildlife and ruining views.

Becky Blagdon, whose home backs on to the proposed development, said: “It is a huge development, we have a beautiful view with fields, cows and trees which is going to be full of houses, so I’m not happy.

“It will be a massive increase in the development. I’m very worried about whether the primary school can cope with extra children and then the knock-on effect at Campion School.

“I know a lot of homes did not receive one of the leaflets. I am worried people do not know about the scheme and would encourage people to give their views to the developers.”

There were many concerns raised by villagers.

Eight-year-old Taylor Willie said: “I have an objection to these plans. There is a lot of wildlife in this area like buzzards and muntjac deer running around. It is a nice area, I like it as it is.”

Paul Holdsworth said: “My worry is the increased amount of traffic we are going to get through the village, especially if the bypass does not get built. How many more cars will go through the village?”

Sarah Winterbourn added: “My main worry is the effect that it will have on school places at Campion School. It is hard enough to get a place there without extra competition.”

The firm held the exhibition on behalf of the landowner and were happy with the results.

Lance Wiggins, associate director from Landmark Planning, said: “We have had quite a lot of people through the doors and asking a lot of questions about the bypass but there are two plans, one that takes account of the bypass and another if it doesn’t get built.

“There has been some good feedback and from there, we will look at whether to progress to a full application.”

No timescale has been out on when the planning application will be submitted.

Although the public consultation ended on Tuesday, Landmark Planning is still 
accepting people’s views on the development.

If people wish to see more detailed versions of the plans or submit feedback, visit www.landmarkplanning.co.uk/flore

The deadline for feedback is Friday, July 26.