The proposed development of housing on the former Newchapel Club site is causing increased debate amongst residents of Newchapel and Kidsgrove. The Newchapel Club site which has been purchased by a Biddulph Moor based builders has submitted revised plans for 9 homes and not the original 10 as was planned.
It appears that residents of The Jasmine Crescent Estate are concerned about the plans and the impact this will have on the value of the homes which they purchased only a few years ago. The main areas of objection appear to be the increased level of traffic in the Newchapel area and the visual impact this new development will have on their homes.
This has already caused debate amongst residents in our forum, with one resident commenting “How overlooked are they already from the Pennyfields Rd?” and also highlighting the face that the current Newchapel Club site has 50 car parking spaces, far less than what would be created by any new homes.
Staffordshire County Councillor Mary Maxfield commented “When the Jasmine estate was being planned I was on the Planning Committee and voted against the development on the grounds submitted by the residents of Pennyfields Road. These included loss of wildlife, loss of privacy and the fact that Pennyfields Road residents would be able to see straight into the properties which were lower. This is what actually happened. Also the top end of the estate was so planned so that there could be no access to the Club cark park from Jasmine Crescent allowing an access for any future development. The original application was very acrimonious and caused great distress to so many. They employed a barrister to fight the case to no avail.”
It appears this will be only the first of many development debates with the development plans by Newcastle Borough Council in the Kidsgrove area.