Proposal for 69 homes near Stinchcombe Hill blasted by residents
A PROPOSED 69-house development between Dursley and Stinchcombe Hill has been blasted by nearby residents.
Mark Snook Planning, on behalf of landowner Colin Clutterbuck, has notified home-owners on Hardings Drive and nearby streets of their plans for the large construction work.
The road which currently ends on Hardings Drive would be extended and run next to Cockshoot Wood and Westfield Wood, where the houses would nestle between the existing streets of Dursley and the woods.
Garden Suburb resident for 23 years Keith Andrews, 66, is organising a steering committee of nearby home-owners to oppose the plans.
The former maintenance supervisor at Berkeley Power Station said Hardings Drive was too narrow to accommodate construction vehicles as well as the extra traffic incurred from the new houses.
"We need to stop this as it could set a precedent for the whole town. This concerns everybody in Dursley," he said.
"The field is a soak away for the area, it takes the surface water. The water needs to go somewhere otherwise it will lead to flooding in our houses and gardens.
"We would lose our views of the wood and so would lots of other people. This is just not on. This will be destroying the pleasure of our property."
Marilyn Hindshaw, 65, who has lived on Hardings Drive for 40 years, told the Gazette she was "horrified" by the plans.
"How do they think they can get builders, trucks and everything else up there? "I just can’t imagine it," she said.
"As soon as we move our car somebody else parks there."
Another Hardings Drive resident unhappy with the plans is Elizabeth Archer, 75.
"When they have got 50 or more houses with two or more cars, it is going to be very busy. It’s crazy," she said.
"It’s not like we don’t want houses but this is ludicrous. It’s just the feasibility of it, there’s no details at all. It will devalue the existing houses right away."
As part of the notification, residents are being given the chance to submit their comments about the plans.
All responses must be handed in to Mark Snook Planning’s offices at Pike House on Kingshill Road, Dursley by Tuesday, September 3.
Mark Snook Planning declined to comment on the concerns raised by residents when contacted by the Gazette this week.
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