TWO projects to transform parts of Uttoxeter have been brought forward as part of an investment worth more than £1 million to unlock key economic growth sites in East Staffordshire.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has revealed that Dove Way and Pennycroft Lane will receive a share of £1.5 million in funding to bring forward the development of the brownfield sites, which are under the ownership of the authority.
The announcement was made after the Government revealed that the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is to receive £357.3 million from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) over years to help provide up to 19,000 jobs as part of its Growth Deal.
In total, 34 projects have been approved with £34.3 million available for the 2015-16 financial year to get schemes started quickly.
In Dove Way, a 9.6 acre site to the north of Uttoxeter town centre, an adjacent site owned by a commercial developer will benefit from new access.
This will help to create up to 56 new ‘high quality’ homes.
The current home of the waste and recycling centre in Pennycroft Lane, which also includes a waste services depot and small industrial units, will see the project ‘de-risk development by enabling the council to offer a clean and fully-serviced site to the market’.
Council leader Julian Mott welcomed the funding to improve areas of the town and create more homes.
He told The Advertiser: “The Growth Deal announced is great news for East Staffordshire.
“Not only is it a boost for the local area in terms of making use of existing brownfield sites it can create jobs for local people.”
Bargates, a seven-acre site nearby in Burton, will also receive a share of the funding to help the authority to potentially create 200 new homes.
The council said that the investment will help open a wider package of investment worth £1.9 billion to improve transport networks, unlock economic sites and boost skills provision across the LEP area.
A major project to receive funding from the LGF through the Growth Deal includes a growth and regeneration programme to unlock key economic sites in East Staffordshire at a value of £1.5 million.
Andy O’Brien, chief executive of the council, added: “It is estimated that the project funded by the LEP will create more than 700 jobs and build an additional 300 homes.
“The news also proves we are a valued partner in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.
“East Staffordshire Borough Council also takes the need to work with adjoining LEPs seriously and we have been working closely with officers from Staffordshire County Council.
“So, it’s pleasing to see Stoke and Staffordshire LEP gain £6 million for the Branston Interchange.”