Stoke Staffs LEP

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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), Chatterley Valley East, Chatterley Valley West, Highgate/Ravensdale, Etruria Valley and Cliffe Vale.

By 2020 it is estimated the CVEZ will deliver net land value uplift equivalent to £39.3 million and approximately 6,700 jobs on site. In total it will comprise of 140 Ha of brownfield land with 308,000 sqm of additional employment floorspace.

Latest update:

  • There has been significant progress on Tunstall South, which was completed at the end of September 2018. Construction is ongoing on Highgate Ravensdale, Tile Mountain Phase 2 is under construction and the second terrace of five units on the Trade Park is complete.
  • 790 jobs have been created to date.

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

 

City Deal Investment = £19.75m (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.

Latest Update:

  • The construction of the DHN started ahead of schedule in autumn 2017 and the first section of approximately 2km of pipes is now installed in the University Quarter of the city.
  • Tests on completion of the first phase of the network (known as the Priority Works) are being carried out in March 2019, with final evaluation and handover of the Priority Works during April 2019
  • This first section should be operational from this autumn and following successful rigorous testing will allow for the first customer to be connected. Temporary heating and pumping equipment will be installed at the site of the energy centre (Squires View) which will be delivered and operational before the end of the year. The emphasis of works in this area will switch to local supply pipes and customer connections whilst planned delivery of the balance of the main will continue working outwards from this first phase. Full network construction works are scheduled to complete around 2021

Keele Smart Energy Network (City Deal)

City Deal Investment = £5.00m (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.

Latest Update:

  • Construction work has commenced on the Horwood Energy Centre, due for completion June 2019. 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.
  • 16 Research Development and Innovation projects have been formed with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire SME’s; 15 now have graduate researchers appointed and working on new product/process/service development; the remaining one project led by the University of Wolverhampton is currently interviewing for the position
  • The Supply Chain Development Programme has delivered business/innovation support to 66 SMEs within the SSLEP area, with a strong pipeline for the following months

Adult Skills Budget Pilot (City Deal)

City Deal Investment = No capital expenditure (Staffordshire County Council)

Funding Incentive Pilots were announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2013.

Their aim is to encourage provision to align to local skills needs as identified by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and to forge active partnerships between skills providers and LEPs.  Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP has been selected to develop one of three pilot models.

SSLEP has identified providers who deliver significant levels of skills provision within the LEP area and have undertaken a baselining and planning phase with those providers. The review and planning approach was extended to the whole college curriculum offer, including 16-18 and Apprenticeships delivery in 2015/16.

A skills strategic governance system has been implemented which will monitor the alignment of post-16 provision with LEP priorities and areas of need.

Latest Update:

    • Closure report being produced; activities have now been subsumed into the wider skills provision review, which takes into account the Pilot activities and post-16 area review.

Etruria Valley

Local Growth Fund Investment = £8.20m (Stoke on Trent City Council)

The Etruria Valley Infrastructure Scheme will deliver a major new gateway from the A500 into the City Centre and improve the highway in the Etruria Valley area.

This will improve traffic flows, reducing congestion, and providing enhanced connectivity to the City Centre, thereby bringing economic and employment growth and environmental improvements.

The scheme will help to deliver up to 2,200 jobs as the improved highways infrastructure kick-starts development of enterprise area, with reduced journey times and other transport benefits by 2021.

Latest Update:

  • The project is currently delivering to programme and progressing well. The final transport business case will be submitted in June 2019
  • Formal land negotiations have begun with the three key landowners. Determination of the planning application will be in April 2019
  • The main site works are expected to commence in September 2019, complete works on site September 2021

Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £15.50m (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.

Latest Update

Work on the scheme got under way in the summer. Over the coming months there will be piling works in the Castletown area and in the Madford Retail Park by Tenpin and Lidl. These piles will support the new road.
A temporary mini roundabout on Doxey Road is now in place. This will provide a safe alternative access while construction takes place. Demolition of the old Saint Gobain building is now taking place to make way for a new roundabout and future development.

 

Meaford Major Employment Site

Local Growth Fund Investment = £4.20m (Staffordshire County Council)

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

Latest Update:

  • SSLEP investment complete, project is now in outcomes tracking stage
  • The “Make It” 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 has agreed terms for the 37,000 sq ft first unit with St Modwen
  • Reserved Matters Application for applications for further development – Units 4 and 5 (units of 50,000 square feet and 22,000 square feet) have now been approved by Stafford Borough Council. Application reference 17/27506/REM.
  • The developer’s intention is to build out these units speculatively on occupation of the first completed (37,000 sq. ft.) building
  • Gas Power Station Proposals – Meaford Energy Ltd was unsuccessful in its applications to the January energy auctions (No new conventional generation suppliers were successful with the auctions all won by existing generators). MEL will review its position and make a further application to planned energy auctions during 2019. MEL may look to discharge planning requirements in advance of these auctions

Branston Locks, Burton (Phase 1)

Local Growth Fund Investment = £5.09m (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.

Latest Update:

  • SSLEP Growth Deal Investments are now complete.
  • Cameron Homes is now on site building out the development and is marketing the site as “Lawnswood”. 14 units are now under construction. Show Home opened 16th March 2019
  • Contracts have been exchanged to release land for a further 201 housing units (to Taylor Wimpey), who received Reserved Matters planning approval ref – (P/2018/00233). Taylor Wimpey is now marketing the site at “The Coopers” https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/find-your-home/england/staffordshire/burton-upon-trent/the-coopers   A start on site is proposed in March 2019
  • There is further interest for the potential delivery of around 200 units at the northern end of the site (accessed via Shobnall Road)
  • Nurton Developments continue to investigate the opportunities for providing speculative employment floor space and are currently assessing a funding package for a speculative scheme.

Liberty Park, Lichfield

Construction site at Liberty Park

Local Growth Fund Investment = £4.00m (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 has 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.

Latest Update:

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

Bericote Four Ashes

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.86m (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. Funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Local Growth Fund, the work involves creating a traffic signalled junction. In addition, toucan crossings are being installed and pedestrian and cycle routes improved

Latest Update:

  • SSLEP Investment is now complete. Project is now in outcome tracking phase with major end user already in place
  • 800 jobs safeguarded/created
  • 450,000 square foot building completed October 2017
  • Traffic Light Controlled Junction to A449 (T) completed November 2017
  • Gravelly Way Access Road Improvements (approx. 1km) – completed June 2016
  • First Pannatoni building is now complete and a successful property marketing event held  – 450,000 square feet speculative building now available for immediate occupation.
  • Building has been attracting a number of enquiries, however a firm investment has yet to be confirmed (the developer has a portfolio of sites across the UK and there is some evidence of stalling of investment decisions as a consequence of Brexit uncertainty). SCC is in dialogue with the developer’s agents and is actively promoting it through any relevant inward investment enquiries via the Make It team

Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Skills Hub Phase 2

Local Growth Fund Investment = £6.90m (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.

Latest Update:

  • The three AME hub projects are fully completed and operational.
  • The three projects collectively delivered a growth of 1,465 learners and engaged an additional 222 employers. Each project held individual targets. Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group exceeded its targets, while South Staffordshire College and the JCB Academy had shortfalls against their respective growth targets
  • The outcome shortfalls were generally around Apprenticeship growth and this position has been reflected nationally following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy

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.

Latest Update:

Staffordshire:

    • All projects are on track to deliver the agreed benefits on time and within budget.
    • Local contributions have been secured for 2018/19 to continue the delivery of the package of LSTP projects, in line with approved business cases
    • Outputs achieved to date:
      • Upgrade to walking and cycling route between Ventura Retail Park, Tamworth town centre and Tamworth rail station
      • Refurbishment of Ferry Bridge footbridge in Burton
      • 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:
      • Potteries Way / Bucknall Rd Junction Improvement completed.
      • Lichfield St property acquisition completed for future junction improvement.
      • 301 Waterloo Road property demolished.
      • 293 Waterloo Rd property acquisition completed for future junction improvement.
      • Completion of Festival Way to A53 Shared Footway/Cycleway Scheme
    • Growth Deal 3 programme first phase works are anticipated to now commence shortly after the local elections in May 2019. By fully resourcing the Year 1 projects very good progress has now been made on the design stage, significantly reducing the impact of an initial delay

Tamworth Enterprise Quarter

Tamworth Enterprise Centre

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.90m (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.

Latest Update:

  • Business Enterprise Centre facilities fully occupied, utilisation: 19 business tenants, currently employing 61 people; 15 virtual tenants; 1,812 trainees attended training organisation events
  • Assembly Rooms: outer skin of building to be completed March 2019
  • Carnegie Centre – Assessment of marketing results during April/May 2019
  • Library & Public Realm – contractor mobilisation for library works during April/May 2019Rugeley Town Centre Improvement Package

 

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

There is the potential to deliver 330 new jobs; 140 new homes; additional sports pitches on Hagley Playing fields as part of landscaping.

Latest Update:

    • Construction is complete and it is now a formal flood defence
    • Liaising with CCDC to identify housing / jobs outputs resulting from completion of flood defence work

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.

Latest Update:

  • Marina Way, Outline Design Complete, Planning Application registered, design approval by Highway Authority ongoing
  • Station Road / Leek Road junction – Heads of Terms to acquire the required land for the scheme have been submitted to the Sixth Form College and Staffordshire University
  • Station Quarter Phase 2 – improvements to footpaths. Highway works complete. Landscaping including tree replacement works ongoing
  • Works to Winton Square are now being considered as ‘Station Quarter – Phase 3 – Winton Sq. & HMV Mitigation Measures’. The start on site has been delayed and the delivery of this project is under review
  • Independent external land valuation to establish the land value for proposed acquisition of the Boughey Road junction has been completed

Hanley – Bentilee Link

Local Growth Fund Investment = £8.58m (Stoke on Trent City Council)

This is a transport scheme located to the south and east of the centre of Stoke-on-Trent consisting of three interdependent sections.

Section 1 provides a new link to re-route traffic flows from the existing highway corridors facilitating improved journey times and reliability and provide new sustainable transport infrastructure.

Latest Update:

  • The original proposed scheme has now been refined. A revised City East Link Road (CELR) business case is scheduled to be presented by June 2019

Spode Church Street Phase 2

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.50m (Stoke on Trent City Council)

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.

Latest Update:

  • Project is still in the early stages. Design/Drawings are being progressed. Negotiations taking place with ACAVA to take on the units and carry out internal works
  • An application to the Arts Council to assist ACAVA in the fit out cost has been submitted and the outcome is likely to be known in April 2019. A Community Investment Fund bid has been successfully achieved.

Keele Science & Innovation Park Smart Innovation Hub

Local Growth Fund Investment = £1.00m (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 Management 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.

Latest Update:

  • Construction is progressing well, with a current indication that completion may be ahead of the original completion date, August 2019
  • Significant workstreams planning for operation and occupation of the building in progress
  • Internal rooms in process of being established

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.

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.

Latest Update:

  • Skills Equipment Fund (SEF) Round 1 – 4 grant agreements in place – S-o-T College, NSCG, Staffordshire University, Perkins Engines Ltd. Total grant £1.12m, match £1.28m.
  • Skills Equipment Fund (SEF) Round 2 – 3 grant agreements in place: Stoke College, NSCG, South Staffordshire College. Total grant £1.2m, match £1.22m.

Chatterley Valley West Site Access

Chatterley valley

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

The funding will help to deliver pre-work for off-site infrastructure works to provide appropriate accesses to the site and 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.

Latest Update

  • Preliminary infrastructure works completed, all LGF expenditure has been concluded

Economic Regeneration Programme

Local Growth Fund Investment = £2.09m (Staffordshire County Council)

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

The Growing Places Fund has supported projects by Hellermann Tyton; London House Ph2; Oak House; Dunston Business Village Ph 2 (pictured above), part 2, courtyard development.

Latest Update:

  • Completed, all LGF expenditure has been concluded

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 Gobian’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.

Keele Innovation Centre No. 5 (IC5)

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

IC5 is a 30,000 sq. ft. net lettable high-quality office and workshop development on the Keele University Science Park development. 

It officially opened in January 2017. There is strong interest in the remaining lettable area, forecast a further 120 jobs to be created.

Latest Update:

    • 68 jobs have been secured to date

i54 South Staffordshire Employment Site

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.90m (Staffordshire County Council)

What is it?

Site preparation and off site infrastructure servicing

What will it deliver?

  • Identified potential 130 additional jobs from remaining lettable area

Latest Update:

    • 80 jobs have been created to date.

Lichfield Southern Bypass Phase 3

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

What is it?

Following a successful bid to the National Productivity and Investment Fund, a planning application for the Phase 3 works is now being prepared; the investment covers the project develop costs.

What will it deliver?

Completes the link between A461 Walsall Road and A5206 London Road and on to the trunk road network; enabling significant housing, employment and retail growth opportunities in a main urban centre. Outputs would be associated with the full business case once submitted.

SME expansion support

Local Growth Fund Investment = £6.71m (Staffordshire County Council)

Omicron

What is it?

To generate economic activity in the short term by addressing immediate infrastructure and site constraints

What will it deliver ?

  • Outputs will be claimed as part of the overall Growing Places Fund deliverables

Latest Update:

Approval has been granted for the GPF Programme to invest in the following projects in 2018/19 and 2019/20:

  • Dunston Business Village Phase 2, Dunston. South Staffordshire
  • Oak House Residential Care Home, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Omicron Service Centre, Redhill, Stafford
  • Etruria Valley Enterprise Area, Stoke-on-Trent

Churnet Works small business units

Local Growth Fund Investment = £0.50m (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council)

What is it?

Development of 1,003sqm of Commercial Floor Space – 8 business units

What will it deliver ?

  • When fully let, 20 jobs should be created

Latest Update:

  • Following withdrawal of the proposed wider hotel development on the adjacent site, the developer is preparing a revised specification, costing and site plan for the business unit scheme, by end of March 2019. Subject to this being in line with existing budget, then the project will progress, with a delayed delivery plan, date to be confirmed.
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