The application was submitted by developers Bellway Homes for the 33-hectare site, which is currently farmland and which has been allocated for housing in the Tamworth Local Plan for around 15 years.
Members of the planning committee approved the plans at its meeting on Tuesday night, providing the developer abides by the following conditions:
- 20% affordable homes (107 out of a total of 535)
- £402,000 contribution towards the Tamworth Integrated Transport Strategy
- Land for a primary school and £3,750,000 to finance the building of the school
- £1,702,707 contribution towards secondary and sixth form school places
- £440,000 contribution towards the provision of sports facilities within the Borough
- Management of the on-site open space and sustainable drainage system in perpetuity
- The provision of a pedestrian/cycle bridge across the Derby to Birmingham railway line
- Widening of the Coton Lane junction (identified within the Transport Assessment)
The initial permission is for outline development only, the developers need to come back and submit a further application giving details of homes, road layouts etc at a later date.
Permission was also granted for two access points from the development onto Ashby
Road. One access will take the form of a roundabout, while the second will be a road close to the existing railway bridge.
Planning committee vice-chairman, Cllr Steve Claymore, said, “When we first looked at developing Anker Valley, the original plan was for 2,500 homes, which would be far too many. I am relatively happy with this application for 535 houses, as I am confident that the package of road improvements will allow for the proposed increase in traffic.
“I am delighted that the application includes the provision of a new primary school, which will be of great benefit.
“We have to accept that there will be development on Anker Valley and if we do not allow this application, it could open the floodgates to much more intensive development. Approving this application will allow us to further defend our position against any more development in the north of Tamworth.”
A major road improvement programme which will create extra highway capacity to serve the Anker Valley site are already underway along Ashby Road, Fountain junction and Upper Gungate. The ‘pinch point’ works include road widening and the installation of new toucan crossings.
The works are being funded by the Government and Staffordshire County Council, with Anker Valley developer Bellway Homes also being asked for a contribution of £402,000 towards road projects in Tamworth.
The houses will be built at a rate of 50 per year, which will mean the development will take 10 years to complete. Subject to detailed consent being granted, developers Bellway are hoping to start building next summer.