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Dove Way development site, Uttoxeter

In 2013 outline planning consent was granted for mixed use development of land to the south of the A50 and east of the Dove Way, Uttoxeter. The consent, which covered parcels of land, owned by East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) and Clowes Securities (West Midlands) LLP, was a significant milestone in bringing forward this key strategic site for development. In July 2015 Members of the Planning Committee voted to approve a full planning application (P/2015/00013) solely for the Council owned land. The development proposals consist of use Classes B1 (Business), B2 (General Industrial) and B8 (Storage and Distribution).

At present the site has no existing vehicular access, and as such funding has been secured to introduce a new site access from the Dove Way. Infrastructure works to create the new access and access road are now well underway. The development of this site will form a natural extension of the town, and provide much needed employment land, to the benefit and rejuvenation of Uttoxeter, its rural hinterland and the sub-region as a whole. The drawings submitted as part of the latest planning application for the site show a total of 5 business units providing over 10,500m2 of commercial floor space with the potential to create up to 500 jobs. The buildings will be suitable for simple sub-division or amalgamation in order to facilitate a wide range of business sizes.

Pennycroft Lane development site, Uttoxeter

The 1.46 hectare brownfield Pennycroft Lane site is approximately 500m to the north of Uttoxeter town centre and borders an existing residential area, scrubland and public open space. Access to this site is currently from Pennycroft Lane off Park Street to the west of the site. Following an extensive amount of work and discussions, a full planning application for the demolition of the existing structures and the erection of 49 residential dwellings and associated infrastructure was submitted in January 2015 (P/2014/01663). At July's Planning Committee Members voted to approve the application subject to the signing of a Section 106 agreement.

The development of this site will form a natural extension to the residential area of Uttoxeter town centre, providing new high quality housing to the benefit and regeneration of Uttoxeter and its surrounding area. Geo-environmental assessments and surveys carried out on the site have identified the presence of contamination, and a remediation method statement has been produced to remediate the site to the standard required by a residential development. Due to the nature of the works and the risks associated with contamination of the site the Council conducted an open tender process for the appointment of a specialist contractor. Dunton Environmental Limited was appointed in July 2015, and the first phase of the works completed in December 2015. The Council has secured funding to enable these essential works to take place.

Bargates development site, Burton upon Trent

The Council owned Bargates site is considered to be a site of significant strategic importance and is the largest redevelopment opportunity in the town centre. The 7-acre site located to the north of Burton Town Centre is currently vacant and all buildings have been removed from the land. The site has a number of existing accesses from High Street, and provides easy access to main arterial routes around the town. The properties on High Street opposite the site have a variety of commercial uses including a number of successful eateries and small and independent retailers.

In 2009 a consultant consortium led by David Lock Associates were commissioned to produce three potential schemes for the site which would be deliverable and contribute towards the economic regeneration of Burton Town Centre. In 2010 these three options were presented to the public through a consultation process and, as a result of the feedback received, a fourth preferred option was agreed. This was converted into planning policy by way of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in the second half of 2010.

The SPD has been prepared to provide guidance to landowners, developers and their design teams in achieving the council’s objectives for the site. The document sets the parameters for any scheme and is the starting point for a dialogue between developers and ESBC. The Council welcomes development proposals which include a mix of uses that restore activity along High Street, and create a new active frontage to the riverside for people to enjoy. The site is highly visible on the approach to the town and development should reflect this prominence.

Inner Burton Initiative

The purpose of the Inner Burton Initiative (IBI) project was to carry out the group repair of the commercial properties located along the northern end of the High Street, Burton upon Trent. The area had suffered from decline over several years, and the Council's investment will bring about a number of benefits for residents, business owners and visitors to the town. This was the third project of its kind that East Staffordshire Borough Council had delivered, and as with the first two phases, this phase was completed on time and within budget. The Council utilised a £681,678 government grant to deliver the scheme, and work commenced on site in May 2014 and completed in October of the same year.

Located on the edge of the Town Centre, the project presented opportunities to showcase the area as an attractive and vibrant town centre gateway. The works included reinstating traditional shop fronts, new signage, removal of redundant cables and replacing damaged guttering. The specification of works varied depending on the condition of each individual property, and the wonderfully unique character of each building presented an opportunity to uncover and restore traditional and historical features. Looking forward, the investment will continue to increase footfall and occupancy for the existing businesses, and support the Council’s aspirations for a high quality mixed use development of the Council owned Bargates development site which sits opposite the properties.

East Staffordshire Development Sites

East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) has launched a website to support developers and investors who are interested in development opportunities in the Borough. The website provides a dedicated information source where developers and investors can go to keep up-to-date with new development opportunities as they arise. The sites featured on the website have been carefully selected to ensure that that only those considered to be viable and deliverable, and with minimal obstacles to development are promoted. Additionally the website provides up to date news and features, and gives details of funding opportunities available to developers and businesses looking to invest, from national, to regional funding schemes including GBSLEP programmes and initiatives. 

If you would like further details on any of the sites featured on the website, or for information on how we can support you if you intend to invest in East Staffordshire, contact us by email at enterprise.team@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk. The website can be found at www.eaststaffsdevelopmentsites.co.uk.