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Derelict eyesore to be torn down

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Richard Castle

  • GV of derelict building on Balance St, Uttoxeter

  • GV of derelict building on Balance St, Uttoxeter

  • GV of derelict building on Balance St, Uttoxeter

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ONE of the biggest eyesores in Uttoxeter could finally be torn down.

The former care home in Balance Street, neighbouring Uttoxeter Police Station, has been empty for more than a decade.

Since the home closed, it has fallen into a state of disrepair and been adorned with warning signs relating to dangerous structural problems.

The building has regularly resembled something out of an Alfred Hitchcock film as countless birds use it as a nest site.

But now Maplevale Developments has applied to tear the building down and replace it with more than 30 one-bedroom appartments and five two-bedroom houses.

It is anticipated that the new development will be managed by Trent and Dove housing to provide affordable, sustainable housing.

A Maplevale spokesman said: "The site is in the Uttoxeter town centre boundary, in easy walking distance of retail, commercial and community facilties.

"The site is also within easy walking distance of existing public transport facilties, either bus within the town centre or rail at Uttoxeter Railway Station.

"The site comprises vacant but previously developed land within the built up area of Uttoxeter.

"The proposed development brings with it the added benefit of securing the re-use of previously developed land, while enhancing the character and appearance of the Uttoxeter conservation area in which the site is located."

The application will be heard by East Staffordshire Borough Council in the coming month.

More detail is available online at www2.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/planning and searching for 'Balance Street'.

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