UTTOXETER businesses may be forced to relocate as part of a major redevelopment in the town.
The Advertiser understands businesses on the Pennycroft Lane Industrial Estate have received letters from East Staffordshire Borough Council notifying them of potential redevelopment in Dove Way and that businesses may need to be relocated as a result as the plans progress.
However, the borough council has said the plans are very much in their infancy at the moment and it is working closely with businesses to keep them up to date.
A council spokesman said: “ESBC is currently working on a planning application for Uttoxeter to ensure that the demand for housing is met and also to secure business opportunities for new and existing businesses.
“As part of the production of this application, the council has commissioned technical and environmental surveys.
“All businesses at Pennycroft Lane Industrial Estate have been informed about this work and invited to contact the council if they have issues or concerns.
“Work is in the very early stages and forms part of a longer term regeneration project for Uttoxeter. The council will work closely with the local businesses to ensure that they are kept up to date as things progress.”
The plans to redevelop Dove Way will see the site split for business units and houses. The plans for the business units were submitted by Matthew Montague Architects last year, which revealed that Uttoxeter Brook could be reshaped as there is a risk of fluvial flooding and this should reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
The planning application for the adjoining development planned for housing is owned by Clowes Developments (West Midlands) and is expected to be submitted to the council early next year.
However, the Matthew Montague Architects applications states the site is set to deliver 56 new homes on the site, which will include an affordable housing provision.