Villagers worry of ‘chaotic’ traffic after housing plans approved

PUBLISHED: 09:46 27 June 2016

Woolmer Green resident John Gair

Woolmer Green resident John Gair

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Woolmer Green residents have voiced concern after plans for housing in their area were accepted by a council planning committee.

Earlier this month councillors accepted officers’ recommended sites for the draft Local Plan, which included plans for around 150 homes in the village.

If they get the thumbs-up later in the planning process, the homes will be built east of Great North Road on Paynes Farm. A small farm shop is also included in the blueprint, as there is currently no village convenience store.

Garden Road resident Geoff Cox, 78, a retired electrician, said he is “definitely not in favour” of the proposals, particularly because traffic will be “absolutely chaotic”.

“The services like electric, sewage and water will have to be upgraded, and then you take traffic on the B197 when there’s an accident on the A1(M), it’s chockablock.”

John Gair, 80, also of Garden Road, said he is “trying to be positive”, and added a key factor was whether the properties will be built spaciously, or crammed together in a “profit driven” fashion.

He added: “There’s always a problem of ‘not in my back yard’, and obviously I would prefer it to stay green, but I understand that need for houses.”

A New Road resident said: “I would rather they didn’t build them but I don’t think we have a hope in hell of stopping it.”


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