Only a few months after the Labour Controlled Newcastle Borough Council made the bold claim to remove proposed sites for new housing, Kidsgrove is once again under threat from new proposals from Newcastle Borough Council. This time though as there is no election to be fought it appears the issue is of little interest of the Kidsgrove Labour Borough Councillors.
The original proposal would have seen Coal Pitt Hill in Talke turned back into housing and for greenfield land just off Pennyfields Road being a site for housing. However after fighting an election campaign on the issue, the original sites were been removed and replaced with a new collection of sites. These sites are even more controversial in the Kidsgrove area than those originally proposed.
Under the new plans Kidsgrove will see the recreational Greenfield land at Newchapel Road turned into 90 new homes, as well as 140 new homes built on land at Slacken Lane in Kidsgrove and a further 30 homes built at the rear of Stone Bank Road in Kidsgrove.
There will be many Kidsgrove residents fearing that the destruction of Greenfield site and the removal of recreational area will lead to increased anti-social behaviour in the area. Removing the facilities available to young people, especially those which keep them fit and active goes against all we have recently seen in the hugely successful Olympic Games. This increase in housing will also put an increased demand on the local services in the area, thus making it more difficult to get an appointment with your doctor / dentist, harder to get into your chosen local school, etc. This is not forgetting the impact on the local transport infrastructure, reducing the air quality as more traffic is sat on congested roads.
Newcastle Borough Council claims that it has to build a total of 5,700 new homes across the Borough between 2006 and 2026. It is proposing that 600 of this total come in the Kidsgrove area and believes that the available land in Kidsgrove has the potential for the development of 823 new homes. This number of new homes in Kidsgrove could have a massive impact on the local infrastructure and local services. People complain that they are unable to cope at the moment with current levels of demand.
Kidsgrove residents need also to be concerned that the 260 homes planned here is not even 50% of the proposed new home development for Kidsgrove, so further land development will have to take place in Kidsgrove. It is therefore imperative that Kidsgrove residents have their say on these matters.
If you do not agree with the current plans, then you must ensure that you share your comments with Newcastle Borough Council. You need to ensure that you clearly express any valid reasons for why you object to the proposals.
You can feedback to Newcastle Borough Council on the current housing development plans on Greenfield sites in Kidsgrove in the following ways;
Complete the online feedback form (click here)
Download the feedback form (click here)
post to: Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan, FREEPOST Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Civic Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle, Staffs, ST5 2AG
Maps of the proposed sites can be seen below.