Application Update 28th Feb 2015

Thanks to everyones efforts and objections to the mindless destruction of the Meadow, Barratt Homes are having to think again.   The end of March had originally been pencilled in for the application to go before the Planning Committee, however realising that permission would certainly be refused on numerous grounds, Barratt Homes have asked the Council to delay the decision by a number of months, but normally this extended period can’t run beyond 13 weeks of the application.

So, its likely to be around May/June when the application is put before the Planning Committee.   During this extended period, Barratt Homes will be attempting to plug some of the holes in their Continue reading

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More Barratt Homes sharp practice highlighted in sham planning application.

Local resident Kevin Harborow, took a little time to look into some of claims made by Barratt Homes in the planning application.  Sadly, it took no time at all to expose more cynical sharp practice in the application.  I use the term “sharp practice”, because there are simply too many issues to class Barratt Homes as careless or incompetent.  Kevin sent his findings onto the Council as an objection to the application, and with Kevin’s kind permission I’ve reproduced his fascinating  letter below.  Check out the facts for yourself and you decide; cynical sharp practice or innocent carelessness and incompetence? 

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Cynical ploy to deceive Stoke-on-Trent residents

As part of any planning application of this type, the developer is required to consult with those affected and take into account their views and opinions in their application.  It’s also, you would have thought, good practice to be honest and transparent with the people you’d like to support your application.

Last summer, Barratt Homes invited residents to an “exhibition” with the opportunity to provide feedback about the proposed development and promised to publish the feedback and keep everyone informed via a dedicated website.

However, Barratt Homes seem to have had other motives for the “consultation” exercise and despite promising residents that they would be kept informed, Barratt Homes have deceived residents and betrayed their trust.  As of the time of writing on 20th February 2015, according to their website,No application has yet been submitted to the Council and the plans are still in the early stages.

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What the experts say! Oh dear!

With so many objections to the planning application, below we’ve sifted out some of the views of experts who have been consulted by the Council.  The full detail is available on the council’s planning application site labelled as “Consultee Comment”, but for a quick summary, keep on reading.  It seems the experts can’t quite believe the arrogance ( or incompetence ) of Barratt Homes.

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Barratt Homes choose to ignore own policies in hypocritical bid to cheat Stoke-on-Trent

Yesterday, a Meadow Lane resident pointed out that the Barratt planning application didn’t quite live up their own policies.  As incredible as it seems, this adds another interesting twist to the extraordinary Meadow Lane planning application.  Below we’ve reproduced the residents note sent to Barratt.

The proposals to build 276 houses on the Greenfield site off Meadow Lane Trentham Stoke-on-Trent, are totally contrary to the published Barratt Sustainability Report 2014.

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Application Update 17th Feb 2014

Friday February 13th saw the last day of objections prior to the application being considered for approval. Our local community has kept Council Officers busy with a deluge of objections.   Responses from Council Officers to the application also make very interesting reading too, as the majority object to the application as it stands.

The application has so many flaws, it is inconceivable that it will be approved the first time round.  At the time of writing there are at least 460+ objections to the somewhat ill-concived planning application.

Officers are now busy sifting through the documents and forming their response in detail for presentation to the Planning Committee.  The application was likely to go before the committee at the end of March but, with the sheer amount of objections and problems/omissions in the application, the date is likely to be pushed back.  As soon as a date is announced we’ll publish it here and spread the word via twitter and Facebook.