Dozens of residents have won their fight against plans to build houses behind their homes. Westbourne Construction had applied to build the five properties on land next to Bourne Street, Derry Street and Tweed Street, in Heron Cross. The plan consisted of four semi-detached homes and one terrace with an access point off the busy Bourne Street. But the proposal triggered a 54-name petition which raised concerns about parking and privacy. Now planners at Stoke-on-Trent City Council have thrown out the scheme. Linda Surtees, of Bourne Street, says she has blocked every application to build houses on the land. The 69-year-old said: “Whenever they try to put something there we block it because there doesn’t seem to be enough room to build houses there. People also use the footpath there to walk to the football. “I don’t see how they could fit houses and a parking area on there. Parking is already terrible and having cars coming on and off the site would increase the risk of an accident and a lot of children play in the street. “It would also be overlooking us all the time, so privacy would be an issue.” Neighbour Lynn Cotterill, aged 63, said: “We… Read full this story
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