The former Crown Road, Stone Lawn Bowling site slated for new accommodation

A former downtown bowling club base could make way for new homes – but community leaders have raised concerns that too many properties are planned for the site.

An application to build 10 houses on land in Crown Street, Stone, has been submitted to Stafford Borough Council.

The bowling club moved to another green in 2008, according to a statement submitted as part of the bid.

Six three-bedroom houses have been offered, along with two two-bedroom apartments and two three-bedroom apartments. There would also be 20 parking spaces planned.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application stated: “The development will offer a mix of bespoke, high quality two and three bedroom homes, positioned in a highly sustainable location, and will make a valuable contribution to local housing supply. The development proposes efficient use of brownfields, which will enhance the surrounding area and restore the historic use of the land.

Stone Town Council members welcomed the prospect of the land being brought back into use.

But they felt 10 houses would be too many for the 0.5-acre site and asked for the proposed number to be reduced when their planning advisory committee met on Tuesday.

Councilor Ken Argyle said: ‘Anything that uses abandoned land is to be applauded. It takes the burden off that new sites have had for the last 10 or 12 years.

“Something that creates additional housing in the city is a good step forward. I would like to see development on this site.

But Councilor Rob Kenney said: ‘I think 10 units is too intensive. I would rather they reduced the number to eight.

“I think that’s the normal norm – they come in with a demand for more housing than they need or need. I would vote against the app as it is too intensive and would urge them to lower the numbers.

Councilor Jim Davies said: “I am delighted to finally see something happen on what has been wasteland for a long time. The accommodation is good to see in the city.

“We agree with the proposal in principle but believe that it will be too intensive with 10 dwellings. They should reduce it to eight.

Councilors have also raised concerns over a separate planning application to convert four two-bedroom apartments above Stone High Street retail units into nine apartments. Six of the proposed apartments would be one bedroom properties and three would contain two bedrooms each.

Councilor Robert Townsend said: ‘I think we should object to this request on the basis of over-intensification, particularly hearing about properties currently occupied. I suggest we ask for less intensity and attention to waste management.