Stoke & Staffordshire

Meir Heath greenbelt land earmarked for new homes

Green Belt site off Hilderstone Road
Image caption The Hilderstone Road site used to be a nursery which has since been abandoned

Greenbelt land in a village in Staffordshire has been earmarked for a new affordable housing development.

Plans for 20 homes in Meir Heath are to go before Stafford Borough Council's planning committee on Wednesday. They have been recommended for approval.

Regulations allow for the development of greenbelt sites to meet the need for social housing, the council said.

Councillor Peter Roycroft raised concerns that the development, off Hilderstone Road, was "inappropriate".

He also asked the council to examine the proposals on the grounds the new homes would affect neighbouring properties.

Planning documents state: "Whilst the site is in the green belt, planning policy can allow exceptional affordable housing development that is justified by housing need as in this case."

The secretary of state for communities has the ultimate power to determine the application, the council said.

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