Stoke Staffs LEP

LEP Major Projects

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Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone

The Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone (CVEZ) has an ambition to provide growth opportunities for modern industries that will provide high quality jobs for local people.

It is expected to facilitate the growth from traditional industries to cutting-edge globally competitive sectors. Industries expected to deliver that growth are: technical ceramics, traditional ceramics, engineering, sustainable-energy, technical and high-end manufacturing.

CVEZ is a three-mile long corridor within which are six largely cleared individual sites with over 140 hectares of net developable land, all benefiting from Assisted Area status. The CVEZ programme of activity involves public and private sector investment to open up these sites.

The sites within the CVEZ comprise (from North to South): Tunstall Arrow (pictured above), Chatterley Valley East, Chatterley Valley West, Highgate/Ravensdale, Etruria Valley and Cliffe Vale.

Project latest:

  •  3.7m sq ft of industrial space is targeted by 2025. 60% of this target has already been met
  •  89 Ha of brownfield land is regenerated
  •  2,017 jobs created and in pipeline (includes construction jobs)
  • 657,550 sq ft of industrial space created
  •  30,000 sq ft of industrial space under construction
  •  GVA increase of £18.5m
  •  £93.6m of private investment
  •  £82m of public investment

i54 South Staffordshire Business Park and Enterprise Zone

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.9m (project promoted by Staffordshire County Council and City of Wolverhampton Council).

More than £1 billion has so far been invested in i54 South Staffordshire, with 2,500 people employed by multi-national companies JLR, Moog, ISP, Eurofins, ERA and Tentec with a further 2,100 jobs anticipated over the next few years.

The latest company has just moved onto the site, Morrisons Site Machinery. Now a major extension is being built over 100 acres – attracting a further £600 million of private investment and delivering up to 1,700 more jobs.

Over 2,700 people work on the current site, with half being held by people living within a 10-mile radius. Furthermore 60 per cent of supply chain businesses for the companies on site are from within 30mile radius which is excellent news for the local economy.

The business park is unique in the region in that it has its own purpose-built motorway junction and also has Enterprise Zone status.

It was developed by a partnership made up of Staffordshire County Council, City of Wolverhampton Council and South Staffordshire Council. The western extension has been financially backed by both the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

Over 3,500 students have also benefitted from a targeted skills and education programme. Extensive work continues to ensure communities and businesses in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire benefit from the development including: recruitment and apprenticeship programmes and meet the buyer events to promote supply chain opportunities.

I54 and its expansion play an integral part of the Midlands Engine strategy to maximise the economic potential of the area.

i54 Western Extension

Access road and plot servicing works to create a 60-acre extension to the i54 South Staffordshire site.

A Joint Venture partnership of Staffordshire County Council, South Staffordshire Council and the City of Wolverhampton Council are bringing forward the Western Extension of the regionally significant i54 South Staffordshire employment site.  Funding will combine an allocation from Local Growth Deal funding with the balance of investment being secured from the retained business rates from the existing i54 South Staffordshire Enterprise Zone site calculated on a net present value basis.

Project Latest:

  • Local Growth Deal funding was contracted in February 2020 and the project is progressing on programme and on budget.

Stoke-on-Trent District Heat Network (City Deal)


City Deal Investment = £19.75m (project promoted by Stoke-on-Trent City Council)

The district heat network is a pioneering programme to bring a network of sustainable, low carbon and low cost heat energy to Stoke-on-Trent.

In 2015, the LEP and Stoke-on-Trent City Council were successful in securing £19.75m of City Deal funding to help to deliver the infrastructure for a low carbon District Heat Network (DHN).  A DHN is a system of underground pipes that will deliver heat via hot water between an energy centre and the buildings connected to the network.

The scheme will harness heat from low carbon sources such as deep geothermal energy and Energy from Waste (EfW) which will be transferred through a system of heat exchangers into the network. The heat energy from the hot water circulating in the network will be delivered to customers through heat exchangers in their premises.

Initially the heat energy will be supplied to larger commercial and public sector premises. Over time the aim is to connect to a wider variety of premises including blocks of flats and clusters of houses across the city.

Benefits to customers will include:

  • No need for traditional boiler(s).
  • More efficient energy supply in a directly useable form.
  • Reduction on carbon tax.
  • Minimal maintenance of the system once installed.
  • No risk of carbon monoxide.

In addition to brining economic, social and environmental benefits the scheme benefits of £76.1m and create up to 229 direct jobs. There will also be 550 indirect safeguarded and created jobs valued at a further £63.5m. 10% cost saving for domestic heat customers. Around 400 houses and 578 flats will be taken out of fuel poverty. Up to 12,526 tonnes of CO² per annum saved thanks to the scheme, valued at £2.7m per annum.

Project latest:

Work on the District Heat Network is progressing well with 4km of buried infrastructure now in place and ongoing commerical activity in progress with key customers of buildings around the University Quarter. The first customer contract for heat supply will be in place by the end of 2020.

Keele Smart Energy Network (City Deal)

City Deal Investment = £5m (Keele University)

The University of Keele is the largest campus university in the UK, serviced by its own private utility network to support a wide range of business, academic, residential and leisure users.

This mix of uses, ownership of a private network, an established range of renewable energy sources and the scale of the campus, allied to the university’s expertise in sustainability and green technologies, offers a unique opportunity to develop an at-scale demonstrator for smart energy technologies.

The Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) is the first of its kind in the UK and will provide a wide range of UK-based organisations with the ability to test and evaluate new technologies (as well as processes and business models) in a live, single-owner environment, by connecting the technologies to a smart energy network and assessing their performance in a range of energy demand scenarios.

This will ultimately play a key role in enabling these developers to take their technologies along the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale through to full commercialisation and sale in global markets.

Evidence from a recent market assessment for SEND also highlights an appetite amongst distributed network operators, aggregators and electricity suppliers to work together on the site in order to develop and test software, processes and to understand product roll-out.

The network will have delivered 440 jobs by 2021 (120 construction, 20 permanent, 300 indirect), in addition to saving 8,731 tonnes CO².

Project latest

  • Construction work has been completed on the Horwood Energy Centre and it is ‘opened’ with a limited capacity function of SEND. The Centre will house the SEND Control Room and the Digital Twin. This will allow for research and development of innovative products and/or services to be tested on the twin with real-time information and data without any disruption to the network.
  •  Capital Soak Period – the period of continued operation use, to trial the systems with an objective of altering designs if required prior to the main build phase of the project.
  •  Capital – A trial patch of smart meters have been installed. The wider rollout was planned for March 2020, however due to external circumstances this has been postponed.
  • RD&I – the majority of projects are currently running on schedule with progression meetings arranged via online conference calling.
  • RD&I – 10 three-month projects have now been developed, with 6 currently live. Further recruitment is currently proving challenging. Options for future recruitment of beneficiaries are being developed.

 Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £15.5m (project promoted by Staffordshire County Council)

Work is now under way on the multi-million-pound Stafford Western Access project which will boost growth and ease congestion in the town centre.

It will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place and improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly by the railway station.

The new road will link the A34 Foregate Street at Madford Retail Park to the A518 Newport Road Castlefields junction. The road will help improve traffic flow in Gaol Square, Newport Road (east of Kingsway), Station Road, Chell Road, A34 Foregate Street (south of the scheme) and Doxey Road.

The road is being funded by developers and with £15.5million secured by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Local Growth Fund. It will support the construction of up to 2,350 houses and the creation of 100 jobs.

The scheme will include improved conditions for bus services, pedestrians and cyclists. There will also be environmental benefits through the redevelopment of areas of derelict land and landscaping along the route.

Project latest:

Main Works commenced on 29th July 2019 for a period of 113 weeks. Piling works to support the new road in the Castletown area and in the Madford Retail Park by Tenpin and Lidl are about to be completed.

Current Completion date for the scheme is expected to be 7th December 2021. Works have been delayed approximately 10 weeks due to flooding and unforeseen obstructions for piling and revised / additional works. Some delay is due to the impact of Covid 19 on supplies and working practices. Demolition of the old Saint Gobain building has taken place to make way for a new roundabout and future development. The new carriageways are making good progress.

Etruria Valley

The scheme will deliver a major new gateway from the A500 into the City Centre, including the construction of new roads and a viaduct spanning the West Coast Main Line railway and Fowlea Brook.

The project will also deliver site-based access roads linking previous phases of development, two new canal bridges and naturalisation of the Fowlea Brook with the construction of internal highway infrastructure from Shelton Boulevard to the new link road. The project will improve the highway in the Etruria Valley area, improve traffic flows, reduce congestion and provide enhanced connectivity to the City Centre, thereby bringing economic and employment growth and environmental improvements. The project received full government approval in February 2020 (a DfT retained scheme).

Project Latest:

  • DfT approved the full business case in March 2020.
  • A funding agreement was signed in June 2020. The funding package includes Local Growth Deal funding of £8.2m and also DfT retained Local Growth Deal funding of £18.5m.
  • Overall the project is delivering to programme and progressing well.  Shelton Boulevard works will start on site in July 2020. The main works are due to start on site in September 2020.

City East Link Road

The City East Link Road (CELR) involves a programme of investment, including the construction of a new Stoke-on-Trent highway and junction/corridor improvements.

This wider programme of investment (totalling £86.18 million) supports the delivery of the Midlands Connect Strategy, subject to £64.6m DfT funding (via Midlands Connect) through the Large Local Major Schemes funding programme. A commitment to this wider funding will not be made within the LGF programme period.

The LGF bid has therefore been re-scoped to focus on elements to be directly funded by SSLEP, which includes an LGF allocation, and delivery by 31 March 2021.

The two elements funded by LGF are junction improvements at Joiners Square and improvements to the Bucknall Road Corridor.

This scheme was contracted in March 2020.

Meaford Business Park

Local Growth Fund Investment = £4.2m (project promoted by Staffordshire County Council)

The Local Growth Fund investment has supported the infrastructure works to provide access to business park, working with a private sector developer.

These works included building a new roundabout on the A34, improvements to Meaford Road, construction of a new roundabout to provide access to the business park and a 350m road to the first development plot.

Project latest:

  • SSLEP investment is complete and the project is now in its outcomes tracking stage.
  • The Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire investment team continues to work in partnership with St. Modwen to prioritise the marketing of the site which is seen as a priority for the company. An end user agreed terms for the 37,000 sq ft first unit and 80 jobs were created/ safeguarded in April 2019.
  • Reserved Matters Application for further development – Units 4 and 5 (units of 50,000 square feet and 22,000 square feet) have been approved by Stafford Borough Council. Application reference 17/27506/REM.

Cannock and Silverdale Enterprise Centres

Refurbishment and construction of new units to support additional floorspace and employment.

At Cannock Enterprise Centre: refurbishment of Block 3 to provide an additional nine business units totalling 4,636 sq. ft.

At Silverdale: provision of new units which will involve modular construction (off-site) to provide 12 workshop units and one welfare unit.

Lettable floorspace: 12 x 320ft2 units = 3,800ft2.  The jobs outputs will be a combination of safeguarded and newly created jobs. The lease terms for the new units will be offered on flexible terms with a minimum period of 1 month.

Project Latest:

  • Funding agreement signed in May 2020.
  • Cannock Enterprise Centre work starts in December 2020.
  • Silverdale Enterprise Centre – commissioning of work commenced in July 2020 with work starting on site due in January 2021.

 Branston Locks, Burton (Phase 1)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £5.09m (project promoted by Staffordshire County Council)

The Branston Locks development will see 400 acres of land immediately west of the A38 developed with 2,500 new homes, a range of community facilities and a 50-acre employment site.

It will also include retail, health, leisure and recreational facilities, as well as provision for older people. A new 1,550 place high school has been built by the county council on land nearby – the first in 25 years – and a new primary school will also be built. The total investment in the area could be over £800million and 3,800 jobs could be created.

The road project has been partly funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund through its Growth Deal with the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Nurton Developments has also made a substantial contribution. The project scooped the Best Large Project award at an annual regional Institute of Highway Engineers event.

It has involved a complete realignment of Branston Road to make it suitable for the volume of traffic created by the new development and construction of a new bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal. The new bridge has already won an award for its engineering design. Pedestrian and cycle access to the future development and canal tow path have also been created.

Project latest:

  •  SSLEP Growth Deal investments are now complete.
  • Cameron Homes is on site building out the development: 35 Unites have been completed at ‘Lawnswood’ and a second phase, ‘The Saplings’, is under construction.
  • Taylor Wimpey also has 201 housing units under construction at ‘The Coopers’
  • There is further interest in development on the site.

Liberty Park, Lichfield

Construction site at Liberty Park

Local Growth Fund Investment = £4m (project promoted by Staffordshire County Council)

Funding has supported infrastructure works to open up business park, working with a private sector developer.

The project unlocks a major 10 ha. allocated employment site identified in the City Deal. It is located in the north of Lichfield immediately adjacent to Lichfield Trent Valley Railway Station which lies on both the West Coast Main and Cross City railway lines.

Work included construction of a new access bridge over the West Coast main railway line, a new roundabout on the A5127/A5192 junction, a new roundabout at the junction of Cappers Way and Europa Way, a new pedestrian crossing on Cappers Way and junction improvements on Cappers Way, Europa Way and Burton Old Road.

Project latest:

Work is now well under way on the £38million development at Liberty Park that is set to create more than 700 new jobs.

Two new units completed in February 2020, providing 115,000 sq ft and 48,000 sq ft of Grade A industrial/logistics accommodation with up to 230 combined car parking spaces and 17 lorry spaces. The speculative units opened at a launch event & are being actively marketed.

Bericote Four Ashes

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.86m (project promoted by Staffordshire County Council)

The Local Growth Fund investment supported works to create access to the Four Ashes site, paving the way for the relocation of automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp.

The 52-acre site in South Staffordshire is being developed by Bericote Properties, providing 900,000 square feet of industrial floor space and accommodating over 1,000 jobs.

Access to the site is from the A449 along Gravelly Way and improvements are being made to the junction. The work involves creating a traffic signalled junction. In addition, toucan crossings are being installed and pedestrian and cycle routes improved.

Project latest:

  • SSLEP investment is now complete. The project is now in outcome tracking phase with a major end user already in place.
  • Up to 800 jobs are to be safeguarded/created.
  • 450,000 sq ft building completed in October 2017.
  • Traffic Light Controlled unction to A449 (T) completed November 2017.
  • Gravelly Way Access Road Improvements (approx. 1km) completed June 2016.
  • ‘First Pannatoni’ building is complete (450,000 sq ft speculative building). A marketing event was held and active promotion included by the Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire team. The building is available for immediate occupation.
  • French-owned aerial platforms manufacturing company Haulotte has rented the 37,000 sq ft Gateway building on a 15-year term.  Confirmed employment is 21 employees with 2 additional employees expected in 2020.
  • 467 jobs currently on site at the Gestamp facility.
  • Currently an estimate of an additional 500 new jobs on site during 2020/21 when the large vacant site is let.

Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Skills Hub Phase 2

Local Growth Fund Investment = £6.9m (project promoted by Staffordshire County Council)

The AME Hub provides world-class vocational environments with state of the art facilities in local communities linked to key employers, providers, schools and colleges.

This has developed through significant public and private investment in facilities at six spokes, over two phases, requiring a total investment of over £12m of private and public funding.

Each spoke has a lead specialism with world class equipment and train to the latest industry standards. AME Hub Phase 2 completes the final three spokes: South Staffordshire College; Stafford College; and JCB Academy.

The hub provides growth in AME apprenticeships and traineeships. It is also upskilling the current workforce in the sector to improve productivity and upskill and retrain the unemployed and NEET young people in order to gain employment in the sector

The AME hub provides specialist facilities and training to meet employer skills needs. In addition it is promoting careers in the sector and developing a coherent suite of STEM technical vocational and academic progression pathways.

Project latest:

All three AME hub projects are fully completed and operational. The three projects collectively delivered a growth of 300 apprenticeships, 1,165 learners and engaged 222 employers.

Details of the three projects are provided below:

South Staffordshire College

This project has seen the development of the AgiSTEM Acdamey, operating at the Rodbaston campus (pictured above). This state-of-the-art facility incorporates an advanced mechatronic lab; agricultural engineering and automotive/hybrid engineering workshops and an agritech/precision farming simulation lab.

The facility also includes a performing manufacturing operations(PMO) training/assessment area, CAD/CAM classrooms, multi-occupation construction area and renewables workshop for solar thermal, solar PV, air and ground source heat pump technologies.

Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group

Operating at the Stafford campus, the project has seen the development of a STEM Centre (pictured above), offering science and engineering facilities alongside a Lego innovation centre.

JCB Academy

Operating in Rocester, the project has seen the development of the Dove Engineering Centre, incorporating a engineering science lab, mechatronics training room, CAD training room and metrology lab.

Phase 2 projects have collectively supported 2,931 learners which demonstrated a growth of 1,465 against the learner volumes before the project.

Phase 1 projects have collectively supported 4,500 learners over the last three years and have collectively grown learner numbers by 400 during this period.

Skills Capital Equipment Fund

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.38m (Staffordshire County Council)

LEP funding is being used to create a £5m skills equipment fund (SEF) to allow local employers and training institutions to bid for funding to purchase state of the art equipment and fund minor adaptations to accommodate the equipment.

Find out how the fund has made a difference at South Staffordshire College’s Cannock campus here.

Find out about how the fund has helped enable Staffordshire University to create its Digital Shed here.

This will enable the delivery of high quality and high level training programmes to support the growth in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire’s priority economic sectors.

The investment will enable local employers and training institutions to more readily respond to local training needs that support the need for equipment to up skill and reskill people in the LEP priority sectors

The SEF supports the expansion of a work-based talent pool of skills across the priority sectors by facilitating increased demand in apprenticeships and traineeship opportunities following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

It supports the upskilling of the existing workforce particularly at levels 3 & 4 and the upskilling and retraining the unemployed and NEET young people to meet current opportunities in the priority sectors. The SEF is helping to develop a network of local providers and employers so that they are able to respond to employer training needs through the use of specialist industry standard equipment.

Project latest:

  • SEF Round 1 put skills equipment in place for all four projects, with full grant payments made.  Total grant of £1.11m, match of £1.48m.
  • SEF Round 1 exceeded expectation, delivering 1,067 apprenticeships (171% of target) and 866 new learners were assisted to a qualification (365% of target).
  • SEF Round 2 put skills equipment in place for all three project. Total grant issues to date of £1.2m, with a match of £1.2m.
  • SEF R2 results are expected in Autumn 2020.


Keele Science & Innovation Park Smart Innovation Hub

Local Growth Fund Investment = £1m (Keele University)

The smart innovation facility in Keele University’s Science and Innovation Park is providing incubation and grow-on space for innovation-led SMEs; a Hub for business-university interactions and open innovation; and a home for Keele Managmeent School in the heart of the LEP’s innovation-led business community.

The Hub is helping to redress the low level of start-up and growth rates of high-tech, high-value start-ups and established businesses. It will provide the development of the unique leadership and management skills required to start, grow and sustain high-tech, high growth businesses, based on innovative product and service development and underpinned by research  and development.

In addition it will support an increase in both private and public sector investment in research and development by stimulating businesses investment in R&D to bring it closer to the LEP average.

Project latest:

  • Building is fully open and operational including hosting its first events.
  • A Practical Completion Certificate has been issued.
  • Keele Business school is now operating from the building.
  • Business tenants and co-workers have taken occupancy.
  • A Keele ‘Breaking the Mould’ awards event was successfully held in October 2019.
  • Staffordshire Business Festival will be hosted in the building.

Keele Innovation Centre No. 5 (IC5)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £4.92m (Staffordshire County Council)

Completed in 2016, Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) provides high quality office and workshop accommodation for high tech businesses situated at the highly successful Keele University Science and Innovation Park.

The Staffordshire County Council invested £7million to fund and help build IC5 and have worked closely in partnership with Keele University to develop the business park and attract high tech businesses. It is now fully occupied and the building houses more employees than had been anticipated.

Technology businesses and start-ups based at the business park can take advantage of high quality lettable business accommodation; state-of-the-art shared facilities to foster university and business collaboration and a pool of highly educated graduates from which to recruit.


Redhill Business Park

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.76m (Staffordshire County Council)

Redhill Business Park has been created by Staffordshire County Council and lies north of Stafford on the A34, close to junction 14 of the M6.

It is home to GE (pictured above), Omicron and now Saint Gobain following its relocation from Doxey. Saint Gobain’s new facilities include the company’s new Centre of Excellence, testing and training facilities, customer services department and the impressive new distribution centre.

The new building – Unicorn House – is at the heart of Saint Gobain’s UK business operations providing customer services, an extensive training area and the company’s main distribution centre that will hold UK stock.

Local Sustainable Transport Package (LSTP)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £7.76m (Stoke on Trent City Council (£3.30m) & Staffordshire County Council (£4.46m))

Ferry Bridge Burton

The scheme is a package of measures to improve and encourage sustainable travel across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Each project within the package to be delivered through a combination of Growth Deal funds and local contributions.

The chosen schemes within the package are those that closely relate to city/town centre regeneration proposals and provide the greatest opportunity to encourage travel by sustainable transport to existing and future jobs.

Project latest:

Staffordshire: project closed. Outputs achieved to date:

  • An upgrade to walking and cycling route between Ventura Retail Park, Tamworth town centre and Tamworth rail station
  • Refurbishment of Ferry Bridge footbridge in Burton (pictured above)
  • Delivery of a Real Time bus Passenger Information (RTPI) system for Staffordshire with roadside information in Tamworth, Burton and Newcastle and serving I54
  • Pedestrian and public realm enhancements in Newcastle town centre at the bus station and High Street / Merrial Street junction and cycle route between May Bank and the town centre
  • Completion of sections of the National Cycle Network that feed into Stafford and Burton
  • Enhanced cycle link between i54 and Bilbrook rail station

Stoke-on-Trent City: Growth Deal 1 programme completed. Outputs achieved to date are:

  • Potteries Way/Bucknall Rd junction improvement.
  • Lichfield St property acquisition for future junction improvement.
  • 301 Waterloo Road property demolished.
  • 293 Waterloo Rd property acquisition for future junction improvement.
  • Festival Way to A53 Shared Footway/Cycleway Scheme
  • Completion of Festival Way to A53 Shared Footway/Cycleway scheme.

The overall LSTP programme is currently on schedule for completion by 31 March 2021 and within the allocated LSTP budget.  Lordship Lane shared footway/cycleway works are complete as is the programme of disabled dropped access kerbs. 860m of new shared footway/cycleway and 70 dropped kerbs have been installed. The traffic signal upgrade works have been procured and are awaiting a start on site. The Weston Woods new footway/cycleway works are shortly to be procured. The City Centre Access Restrictions scheme is expected to be completed by31 March 2021.

Tamworth Enterprise Quarter

Tamworth Enterprise Centre

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.9m (Tamworth Borough Council)

Tamworth Enterprise Quarter is a programme consisting of the following components:

    • Refurbishment and enlargement of the Assembly Rooms, a key cultural venue
    • Conversion of the Philip Dix Centre to a Business and Enterprise Centre
    • Redevelopment of the Carnegie Centre as a restaurant
    • Enhancements to the public realm/Tamworth Library

This investment could revitalise each of the above and, collectively, they offer the prospect of playing a major role in the re-inventing of Tamworth. Public sector investment and, specifically, LGF money is critical to making this happen.

The project is delivering 39 FTE construction jobs and 98 ongoing jobs. Its value is £1.4 million of construction‐related Gross Value Added and £13.4 million of town centre GVA economic value.

Project latest:

The Business Enterprise Centre facilities are fully occupied. Utilisation: 22 19 business tenants, currently employing 73 people. In addition there are 30 virtual tenants and 4,242 trainees have attended training organisation events.

The Assembly Rooms are scheduled to open in early 2021 following extensive refurbishment while assessment of marketing results for the Carnegie Centre has taken place.

In addition Carnegie Centre lease negotiations are taking place and public realm and Library works are ongoing.


Rugeley Flood Storage Area

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.75m (Cannock Chase District Council)

The scheme has provided a flood storage area will help to ensure that opportunity sites in Rugeley town centre can be redeveloped as per Rugeley Town Centre Area Action Plan.

The plan was adopted in 2014 as part of the Local Plan Part 1 and provides the planning policy for the regeneration and investment in three opportunity sites within the town centre

Flood defences have been completed and the direct outputs have been delivered – reduced risk of flooding.  Jobs/housing outputs from this scheme have not been included in SSLEP forecasts but in the future there is the potential to deliver 330 new jobs; 140 new homes; and additional sports pitches on Hagley Playing fields as part of landscaping (arising from usage of the reduced flood risk land).

Project latest:

  •  Construction is complete and it is now a formal flood defence

City Centre Access

Local Growth Fund Investment = £6.41m (Stoke on Trent City Council)

This is a programme of access improvements to the Stoke-on-Trent city centre between the strategic road network (A500/A50), the mainline railway station and the city centre.

The scheme includes the remodelling of the main gateway to the city centre so that it can better meet the needs of all users, including vehicles, pedestrians and customers. It will also help to reduce congestion at key pinch points to stimulate economic activity and attract investment.

It aims to improve connectivity and accessibility to the city centre, which will result in regeneration and wider economic benefits. Similarly, the public realm improvements at the gateways to the city will improve its attractiveness.

Project latest:

Completed Schemes (LGF funding)

  • Trinity Street
  • Thornton and Spencer Roads
  • Glebe Street (Phases 1 & 2)
  • Station Quarter Phase 2 – improvements to Station/Leek Road footpaths

Future Priority Schemes (funded by SSLEP):

  • Marina Way
  • Station Road/Leek Road Junction (new lane). Improvements to the junction of Cobridge Road/Waterloo Road/Elder Road (alternative funding source – Outputs only)
  • Winton Square – SSLEP funding to complement Transforming Cities Fund Tranche 1

Spode Church Street Phase 2

The works involve the renovation and conversion of predominantly Grade II listed buildings which are currently in a poor state of repair.

Under the terms of an Agreement for Lease with ACAVA, SOTCC will undertake renovation works to the exterior of the buildings and services and ACAVA will convert the interior of the buildings into artists’ studios which will then be licensed to individual ACAVA members.

The scheme will see the renovation and conversion of listed buildings to create 12 studios. Up to 32 jobs will be created.

Project Latest:

  • ACAVA have had their application for a Community Investment Fund approved.
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council on behalf of ACAVA have had their application for grant funding from the Arts Council approved.
  • The scheme was contracted in April 2020 and the project is still in the early stages.
  • Construction starts in August 2020 with practical completion of the shell works (the Local Growth Funded element) due in December 2020.

Stoke Flood Alleviation

Phase 1 of a catchment management approach for the River Trent Headwaters which will significantly reduce the risk of flooding to large areas of Stoke town centre, including the Spode site.

The scheme provides the necessary environmental infrastructure to unlock the Spode site for redevelopment and reduce the number of existing properties at flood risk in Stoke Town Centre and removes flood risk downstream of the Spode site thereby directly unlocking additional development sites. The project will deliver an Elevated Bypass Culvert.

Project Latest:

  • Local Growth Fund Agreement signed in April 2020.
  • The project is programmed to commence on site in September 2020.
  • The project delivers flood management infrastructure. It involves the construction of a pre-cast 80 metre long bypass relief culvert with a design life of 120 years and a flood bund at Liverpool Road.

Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station Power Upgrade

Local Growth Funding will support power upgrade work at Stoke-on-Trent Station which will enable an improved offering at the station for customers and additional employment through retail outlets.

The existing supply at Stoke-on-Trent station is ‘at capacity’. This lack of electrical capacity prevents further development of the station for retail, service, customer or community use. The core elements of this project are power upgrade to allow for unoccupied space to be let. Additionally, the installation of 100 cycle parking spaces, 70 of which will be heated and lit due to the additional power the upgrade will bring.

Project Latest:

  • Funding agreement currently being drafted with scheme due to start shortly.

Victoria Ground Phase 2

Decontamination of land and civil engineering remediation to allow the completion of 70 homes and the provision of 40 jobs at this Stoke City former home ground. In addition there will be two football pitches laid at the Minister Primary School.

The project supports the completion of the St Modwen Homes Victoria Park housing development.

Project Latest:

  • Funding agreement signed in April 2020 and work started immediately.
  • River diversion excavation works are on programme and gas mains diversion has been completed and released the final section of the site for gas holder remediation.

Lichfield Southern Bypass Phase 3

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.33m (Staffordshire County Council)

The Lichfield Southern Bypass, Phase 3 is an essential part of the city’s infrastructure, to support its future growth. 


Completion of Lichfield Southern Bypass will improve connectivity to employment and business markets and reduce traffic congestion and journey times in the city centre.

SSLEP was a minor contributor to this scheme. The majority of funding is provided by GBSLEP and outputs from the scheme will be reported by GBSLEP.

 Chatterley Valley West Site Access

Chatterley valley

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.07m (Staffordshire County Council)

£72k Local Growth Funding will help to deliver pre-work for off-site infrastructure works to provide appropriate access to the site, paving the way for future development. 

Harworth Estates recently secured land ownership of the full Chatterley Valley West site. Outputs will be claimed within the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone deliverables.

Project Latest: 

  • Preliminary infrastructure works completed and all Local Growth Fund expenditure has been concluded.

Growing Places Fund

Dunston Business Village (above) – £1.3million Growing Places Fund loan

This programme is helping to generate economic activity in the short term by addressing immediate infrastructure and site constraints.

The GPF has awarded £6.4million in loans to date with 984 jobs created, 295,000 sq ft of office space, 860,000 sq ft warehouse/commercial, 140 hotel/bedspaces and 389 houses.



Omicron, based at Redhill in Stafford, received a £400,000 GPF loan with £1.2million private sector investment.

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