PLANS to transform a derelict JCB factory into a legacy Uttoxeter can be proud of have moved another step closer after an application was submitted to planning chiefs.
JC Bamford Excavators Limited and Citycourt Developments have applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council's planning committee to start work on the new Waitrose store as soon as possible on the Pinfold Street site.
The digger giant was granted permission back in August 2013 to transform the site of the former factory into offices, a maximum of 257 houses, a food store with the formation of a town park and realignment of Picknall Brook.
The plans will also include the creation of a new vehicle access off Hockley Road and the alteration of the access of Trinity Road and Old Knotty Way.
However, the original permission was granted with 42 conditions and now the Rocester-based company is asking for some of the conditions to be amended so work can start on the new store.
The application states: "Whilst the consent provided for the development of the site to come forward on a phased basis, it required the diversion of Picknall Brook and associated levelling of the site and laying out of the proposed town park to come forward as the first phase.
"The principle reason for this approach was that this reflected the flood risk solution identified by JCB's consultants and accepted by the Environment Agency. Since the original consent was granted, two material developments have occurred resulting in the submission of this application.
"First, the applicants have agreed terms with Waitrose to take the food store element of the proposal which will be located on the north-eastern part of the site and which will form the first phase of the development. The remaining phase or phases of the development are to proceed at a later date.
Secondly, JCB's consultants have agreed a revised flood risk solution with the Environment Agency which allows the food store to come forward as a first phase in a way which is consistent with the comprehensive modified flood risk solution proposed for the site.
"The Environment Agency has confirmed in pre-application discussions this approach is acceptable."
It was revealed last month that Waitrose is to kick-off the new development – bringing 180 new jobs along with it. The plan to transform the derelict former heavy products site was initially announced after the factory closed in 2008.
The Waitrose's application, according to JCB chairman Lord Bamford, would act as a 'catalyst' to get the rest of the project off the ground.