Bid to build 500 homes at Anker Valley, Tamworth
Proposed development land near railway track at Anker Valley
29th June 2013
HUGE PLANS to build a major new housing estate of 500 homes are being unveiled to the public for the first time this weekend.
Redrow Homes and Bellway Homes will be revealing their plans for land at Anker Valley at exhibitions taking place on Friday and Saturday.
Because of the scheme's size, developers are required to consult with residents before any formal application is submitted to the borough council.
It is the first time actual proposals have been put forward for the land south of Ashby Road, although it has been earmarked for housing for many years.
And while exact details are still being refined, the development is likely to be made up of two, three and five-bedroom homes with the inclusion of affordable housing.
Councillors were given a preview of the proposals at a meeting earlier this week and concerns have already been raised around the provision of a link road to bypass additional traffic away from the Ashby Road and towards Amington.
While developers say the proposals will not 'prejudice the delivery' of such a road, councillors say a vital link road is not yet indicated in the plans.
Cllr Peter Seekings said: "I am quite concerned that a scheme of 500 houses doesn't include a link road.
"In my opinion the Ashby Road just can't cope with that level of additional traffic.
"They are talking about tweaking certain junctions but I don't think that goes far enough."
Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Danny Cook, said: "I welcome the public consultation being undertaken by Redrow and Bellway homes ahead of a potential planning application later this year.
"I'm sure it will generate some of the same questions raised by councillors on issues such as transport, schools and open space.
"It is important that Tamworth gets the housing and growth it needs but that this comes with the infrastructure required to sustain the town for generations to come."
The public exhibition events take place at the Landau Forte Academy Sixth Form Centre on Ashby Road between 6pm and 8pm on Friday and 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the developers added: "Redrow Homes Limited and Bellway Homes Limited have a long-term interest in the land at Anker Valley, which has been identified by Tamworth Borough Council within its Local Plan for new housing to meet the needs of the town.
"It is proposed to submit a planning application later in the year to develop the land for up to 500 new homes, including affordable housing.
"The proposals are to be unveiled at an exhibition and will provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the proposals prior to the submission of the application."
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