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Hixon Parish Councillors have received a number of calls and messages from local residents who are concerned about ground works on the fields to the rear of the former Green Man pub site. Questions have also been raised about a hand painted ‘Hixon Caravan Site’ on the side of a steel container.
The fields in question are outside the Hixon development boundary as defined in the approved and adopted Hixon Neighbourhood Plan and the Stafford Borough Council Plan for Stafford. Therefore, any change of use requires planning consent. Hixon Parish Council is not aware that a planning application has been submitted in respect of a caravan site.
Hixon Parish Council has been monitoring the ground works and has reported these to Stafford Borough Council Planning & Enforcement officers.
Should a planning application be forthcoming, it will be considered by Hixon Parish Council in the same way that the Council considers all applications by reference to the Hixon Neighbourhood Plan development boundary and other policies within the Neighbourhood Plan.
There would be a presumption against planning approval for a caravan site or related uses on the land.
The Boundary Commission has launched an eight week consultation period for the proposed re-drawing of Parliamentary Constituency boundaries, one of which would have significant consequences for Hixon.
At the present time, Hixon is part of a constituency that includes Stafford town, the Haywoods and further south to Acton Trussell and Penkridge.
In the review proposals, Hixon would be cut off from Stafford and will to be included in a new constituency that will stretch from Stone to the North and south to Great Wyrley and to the outskirts of Wolverhampton near the M54 motorway, before wrapping around to the border with Shropshire to the West. The new constituency will be called Stone & Great Wyrely.
The closing date for responses is 2nd August 2021
Hixon Parish Council will consider the proposals at its next meeting on 22nd June. In the meantime, please share your views to email@example.com
A new Speed Indicator Device (SID) has been installed on the approach into Hixon at New Road. The device displays the speed of vehicles as they enter the 30mph zone. Speeding drivers are advised to slow down from a distance of 100m. Drivers obeying the instruction are rewarded with a “Thank You.”
The SID will be moved around the village at monthly intervals to locations in Church Lane, Church Road and Lea Road. The SID, solar panels, support poles and installation were paid for by Hixon Parish Council for a total cost of £4,200.
New “gateway” features have been installed alongside the A51 at Pasturefields. The gateways alert drivers that they are entering an area of ribbon development of housing and industrial premises. The total cost of £6,500 was paid for by Hixon Parish Council. Further gateways will be installed at New Road, Church Lane, Stowe Lane, Lea Road and Lea Heath in the coming months.
Hixon Parish Council has recently considered and responded to the following planning applications:
21/34042/FUL Retrospective upgrading of three existing agricultural accesses, land adjacent Rakestone, Stowe Lane, Hixon.
Hixon Parish Council, together with Stowe Parish Council, has objected to this application. Both Parish Councils are of the view that the planning application is invalid insofar that no credible evidence has been submitted to substantiate the claim that all gateways at all three locations existed previously.
To see the Council’s full response click link below
21/34033/LDC Lawful Development Certificate- Use of land for a mixed use as touring caravan site/camping site and as a caravan site for permanent residential occupation. Land North of former Green Man Pub, Lea Road, Hixon.
Hixon Parish Council, together with Stowe Parish Council, has objected to this application. Both Parish Councils are of the view that the conditions to issue a Lawful Development Certificate have not been met. The objection also highlights the significant lengths of mature hedgerow (over 30 years old) and trees that have been ripped out across the surrounding area.
Click the link below to see the Council’s full response.
20/33559/FUL Chase View Farm , Puddle Hill, Hixon. Retrospective application for retention of garage, subdivision of site and extension and conversion of garage to create separate dwelling house.
Hixon Parish Council has objected to this application.
The application was considered and approved by Stafford Borough Council Planning Committee on Wednesday 28th April.