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Relief road labelled an 'extreme hazard'

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 19, 2014

  • 'HAZARD' . . . Pym and Wildsmith.

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FIRMS on the Bramshall Road industrial estate are calling on housing firm bosses to alter plans for an 'extremely hazardous' relief road.

Developer St Modwen is set to build a 700-home site with business units on land to the west of Uttoxeter.

As part of its application the firm has agreed to build a relief road to enable drivers to travel from Bramshall to the A50 and Rocester.

But companies operating out of Bramshall Road industrial estate have expressed a raft of concerns about the proposed route.

Mick Owen, transport manager for metal finishing company Pym and Wildsmith, said: "There does not seem to be any consideration given to the size and number of vehicles that travel on a daily basis.

"The proposals indicate that a new access road would be constructed through the new housing estate, which would be extremely hazardous due to parked cars, access to dwellings and pedestrians.

"In addition there would be noise, environmental and general disturbance of the area which I am sure would affect those properties build on the perimeter of the road."

Firms on the estate currently use Holly Road as access to the wider road network, but they claim St Modwen's proposals would render that route 'unusable'.

Mr Owen said: "There would be a need to turn left turn opposite the Three Tuns to gain access to the A50 and, for the larger trucks, this would be impossible.

"The existing route through Holly Road and the route through the town centre are not ideal but are the only way for larger vehicles to gain access to the A50 from Bramshall.

"Part of the emphasis of these new proposals is to make the A50 more accessible and to encourage business to invest in the area but without the proper road network in place to support the surrounding areas then this would be impossible.

"I would have thought that this would have been an ideal opportunity to actually consider the type and quantity of traffic travelling through this area and improve the road network rather than just move it from one problem area to create another."

Although St Modwen only has outline planning permission for the development, it is thought planning bosses will push it through.

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