Walton Hill new homes plan approved by council
Plans to build 500 houses on greenfield land in Staffordshire have been approved by Stafford Borough Council.
The estate at Walton Hill, near Stone, will include a children's park, football pitch, and about 200 affordable homes.
Developers Hallam Land Management (HLM) and Davidsons Development said building work could take up to 10 years.
The council said it had received objections from people worried about traffic problems and flooding risk.
Ann Draper from Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH), who lives near the proposed development, said the houses would be built in "the wrong place".
"We do need extra houses in the area, we know there is a big shortage, but I feel this area isn't suitable, the infrastructure can't take what we have now."
Stephen Stoney, from HLM, said: "This is the most sustainable local site for development and we're expecting to start work next year, building about 50 to 60 houses each year."