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Nichiolls Lane Action Group cotinue the fight.

(September 29, 2014)



 Disclaimer -The Nicholls Lane Action group held a public meeting at Oulton Village Hall on 21st November 2014. Here are the notes provided by the group to the Oulton Village website. Please note that the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Oulton Community Group or any of it's members and we report this for information only.


Nicholl’s Lane Field Action Group – the fight goes on!

Public Inquiry, 10.00 a.m., Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th October

Craddock Room, Stafford Borough Council Civic Offices, Riverside, ST16 3AQ

Dear Neighbour, at the meeting at Oulton Village Hall, on 21st September, the following points were discussed:

  • Attendance at the Inquiry; our Barrister has stressed the importance of youbeing there, as numbers show local strength of feeling; you can stay for as long or little as you like, just walk in – even for half an hour!
  • Speaking at the inquiry; anyone can speak, but you must be there at the start of the inquiry, 10.00am, Tuesday 7th October, to register your intent
  • Transport; if you need a lift to get there, or if you give anyone a lift, contact us


The following points will be raised by residents at the Inquiry: 


  • Public footpath: the proposal is to improve this to enable new and existing residents to enjoy the countryside – but views across the valley will disappear
  • Affordable housing: the proposal will include 40% (or 13 homes)
  • Highways issues: the junctions at the A520, Airdale Rd and Spinney and pupil safety
  • Public transport: bus routes and frequency, to and from the proposed site
  • Infrastructure: added pressure on existing drains, school places and health services
  • Wildlife: the field is a Site of Biological Importance and wildlife will be disrupted
  • Coalescence: how this proposal will effectively merge Stone with Oulton
  • Moddershall Valley Conservation Area: how you appreciate it and the views/vistas that will be replaced by the backs and sides of houses

Nicholl’s Lane Field Action Group made the decision to become a ‘Rule 6’ party, which gives us equal footing with the Appellant and Borough Council and provides us with the best chance of persuading the Inspector to dismiss this appeal!                                                     

Becoming a ‘Rule 6’ party meant engaging a Planner, Heritage Expert and Barrister; the costs of which are substantial and have been underwritten by just a handful of people. Fundraising was considered as a wayto recoup some monies, such as a 60’s night, street party, talk on an Alpine treck, calendar ‘Mills of the Moddershall Valley’

Some of you asked how to make a donation:   

Cheques can be made payable to ‘Hanley Economic Building Society’ or HEBS

Alternatively you can donate online at

Sort code: 30-01-20

Bank Account: 09995102

Roll/ref number: P-84004-5


Car Park 1 is adjacent to the Civic Centre

Parking: The day is usually broken into two half days, 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm, so local supermarkets can accommodate for short periods; if you park at Asda, it’s a short walk across to the Civic Centre, on the banks of the River Sow and the entrance to the building faces the river. However, if you want to attend for a full day, the nearest long stay car park is at the far end of Sainsbury’s – the council owned car park = £2.50 per day.

Whilst the hearing may be formal, it doesn’t matter if you can’t get there exactly on time – you can wander in and out at any time.

We look forward to your support and seeing you there!


John Sayer:    01785 819807

Jane Bonser:  01785 812450

Gill Stanford: 07792 579131

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