Plans for new homes in Upton St Leonards slammed by villagers
EARLY proposals for new homes in a field in Upton St Leonards have been slammed by the entire village.
Developers have written to residents in the area informing them of their intentions to submit a planning application for 15 new homes on land opposite the primary school in Bondend Road.
However, the news has prompted anger among residents who are adamant there are enough homes in the area already.
Keith Pearson, conservative group leader on Stroud District Council and chairman of Upton St Leonards Parish Council, said: "This site has seen a number of applications before, all of which have been refused, partly because it is on a flood plain.
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"That area has flooded three times in the last two years, this proposal is just wrong.
"The negative reaction to this is the general reaction of the entire parish, no just myself and the other parish councillors.
"We don't need anymore homes. With the Cooper's Edge development nearby our population has gone from 691 to 1191."
Mr Pearson also expressed concerns over parking near the site on what is already a busy road in the village, due to its proximity to the school.
It is also understood there will be some affordable homes included within the 15 being put forward to planners.
Parish councillor David Hunt also harbour concerns. He is also of the opinion that no more development is needed in the village.
He said: "I have heard the people near to the proposed site have been written to and they aren't very happy with it.
"There is a view that we have plenty of development in the area and we don't need anymore, plus this falls outside the village's settlement boundary. We believe that Stroud District Council through its local plan is doing a good job regarding the number of homes in the ward."