Application Update 11 Sept 2016

There hasn’t really been anything to update residents about recently as months have come and gone and we’re still awaiting a hearing date from Council Planning Officers.

However, Barratt Homes in their wisdom have sent a few more nice graphics along with more astonishing misrepresentations to the council and these can be seen on the council planning website.   What is quite so astonishing is that despite Barratt Homes knowing the facts, like 1 kilometre is ahem, 1 kilometre and that residents don’t generally use air transport to make line of sight journeys to and from local amenities, they still persist in writing up glossy materials that bend the truth into what can only be described as knowing-misrepresentation.

In their latest documents, they have also had to reduce the number of houses again, this time down to 227.  Also interesting is what is missing from their documents when compared to their earlier attempts to deceive readers.  So it seems that there is a point even they appear too embarrassed to go beyond.

None of the latest documents change the key points a Planning decision will be made on, but they do make entertaining reading, particularly if you actually compare what they say and how they make calculations.  Just in way of a teaser, did you know that;

Barratt do a like for like housing density comparison with the south of Chessington Crescent.  They say that approximately 6.25 hectares of the meadow is developable land for new housing and that the average density south of Chessington is 42 per hectare ( this may or may not be true, but I doubt it ).  Anyway they go on to say that the average new house density on the meadow will be 20 per hectare.

BUT HANG ON A MINUTE!  Comparing the development areas directly and assuming that Barratt’s figure of 6.25 hectares is correct then my calculator shows that 227 houses divided by 6.25 hectares is an average of 36 houses per hectare, not 20!   They really do need to brush up on their maths!


Bullocks to Barratts


Residents have been delighted to see new born bullocks in the meadow, which we take as a good omen and a message chiming with our own!



Easter Event and update on Sunday 20th March

Come along to see what Barratt Homes newest tricks are and their latest attempt at the planning application.

There are also some fab easter raffle prizes donated by individuals and local businesses like this super hamper donated by TRENTHAM BATHROOMS…  Thanks!!!

See you there BETWEEN 11-2
On THE GREEN (at Chessington Crescent)

Easter Bonnet Parade

Find the hidden animals

Raffle and Prizes


All funds raised are used to cover the costs of the fight against Barratt Homes.  Anything left after they are defeated will be donated to Donna Louise Trust.

Application Update 13 Mar 2016

So… the time has come and Barratt Homes have submitted an amended batch of application documents who’s purpose should be to openly and honestly address the issues in their application.

We should give them credit for the new site layout and reduction in number of houses as it’s now much better than the previous versions, and Longton Road is no longer as wide as the M6 in their transport assessment.  However at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, I’m afraid, as appears to be their propensity ( evidenced by Barratt’s own documents ), they haven’t addressed the indisputable, undeniable factual problems with their application and the new documents even introduce more ‘Ahmmm’ errors!

But given that largely the same old issues remain with the application and in particular the junction of Longton Road failing even without the development, we still expect  Planning Officers to recommend refusal of the application.

To make sure we don’t miss anything, on behalf of residents we are again consulting experts on various aspects of the application.

We’re now looking forward to seeing a refusal at the Planning Meeting and the final rejection of this unwanted, unneeded development at the inevitable appeal!

Application Update 26 Feb 16

It seems that time is running out for our friends at Barratt Homes, at least for the current phase of their application.  It is now well over 12 months since they put in their application   for the development and they have since attempted to put right ( cover up ) the long list of insurmountable problems in their application.  Just read through earlier posts to remind yourself of their dishonesty and lack of integrity.

Nevertheless, we understand that Barratt Homes are still scheming to pull the wool over everyones eyes and may well be putting in another amended application by the end of Feb!  So yet again we have many hours of entertainment to look forward to as we pull the new plan apart.    However, unless Barratt Homes have actually changed Longton Road into a three Lane motorway while we weren’t looking, their new plan will be just another attempt to pull a technical planning stunt to trick their way into getting the application granted.

So if they do indeed submit amended plans again, it will be a few more months before the planning committee can reject their application.   Then, almost certainly, Barratt Homes will appeal, knowing that their only chance of approval is if they have managed to trick council officers into making a technical error.

So.. watch this space.


Support the EASTER EVENT

and fight Barratt Homes



On THE GREEN (at Chessington Crescent)



Easter Bonnet Parade

Find the hidden animals

Raffle and Prizes


As usual…  All monies raised will go into the KOMG fighting fund and anything left will be donated to the Donna Louise Trust.


Application Update 13th Jan 16

Happy new year to everyone from us all here at KOMG.

Barratt Homes are finally realising that they may have bitten off more than they could chew when they set about scheming to use misleading information and to misrepresent facts and their own data with this application.

We have heard today that the application is still beset by delays so it will not go before a planning committee ‘anytime soon’.   Residents should take this as a positive thing, given that we know, that if Barratt Homes thought they had a good case, they’d be pressing for it to be determined forthwith.

So as things stand, it will not go before the planning committee in February and as we’ll be given opportunity to fully respond to any further fairy tales Barratt Homes produce before the hearing, it may well not be heard in March either.  For those unfamiliar with the planning process, this is starting to look like the Application has been found to be so bad that it may not actually get to a committee!  Wouldn’t that be a nice present for 2016!




More Barratt Homes entertainment

Ho Ho Ho

We have Barratt Homes to thank for inspiring an outbreak of creativity in Trentham this Christmas.   Take a look below a little light hearted fun forwarded by a Trentham resident.  It seems that Rudolf is giving those misrepresenting pesky Barratt Gnomes what they deserve for Christmas.



Barratt Homes provide more side splitting entertainment

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Application Update 28th November

Updated 1st Dec; Don’t hold your breath re the planning meeting, it’s now looking like February 2016…. sigh!!!!


All has gone quiet at the planning department and it now looks as though it’s too late for the planning meeting to go ahead on the 9th December.

The council have removed the planning date of the 9th and changed the status to “Not Available”.

So… as soon as we know more we’ll let everyone know, but it looks as though the hearing may now not go ahead until January 2016.


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Application Update 17th November

I can report to residents that Barratt Homes did eventually send over a copy of the draft minutes of the meeting we held with them as mentioned in the update of November 13th.

I’m afraid yet again, it appears that Barratt Homes are not playing with a straight bat and we feel that we can not publish the draft they sent over.  We have today sent a reply to Barratt Homes which is set out below.

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Application Update 13th November

The planning committee date is pencilled in for 9th December 2015 at 10:00.  So hold that in your diaries as the more objectors there are at the hearing, the better.  We’ll put more information up on the website as it becomes available.   It’ll be a chance for residents to come face to face with the chaps from Barratt Homes and their Transport Advisors to hear how they are planning to widen Longton Road to the width of the M6 !!!!. That’ll be interesting!!!

As of the time of writing this update we’ve still not had the notes back from Barratt Homes from our meeting with them, so earlier in the week we wrote to them.  Our email is set out below and you’ll see from it that Barratt Homes have advised us that some of our comments are incorrect, although they haven’t said what they object to.  So we’ve offered to correct anything that’s factually/technically incorrect, but a review of our site leaves us guessing, as the facts are usually quoted from their own documents.  We also trust that Barratt Homes will correct ALL of the incorrect data and comments in their documents too, most of which are highlighted on this site and should be highlighted  in those delayed minutes when they eventually see the light of day.

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