Stoke Staffs LEP

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Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone

What is it?

CVEZ has an ambition to provide growth opportunities for modern industries that will provide high quality jobs for local people. The CVEZ 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: An 8.8 Ha brownfield site owned by Network Space, entirely clear and investment-ready;

Chatterley Valley East: An 18.2 Ha site owned mainly by RJC Regeneration and Churchill. An entirely clear brownfield site except for the Genesis Enterprise Centre, which has ambitious expansion plans;

Chatterley Valley West: A 38 Ha site owned by Harworth Estates, situated in Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough;

Highgate/Ravensdale: A 38.3 Ha brownfield site owned by Land Recovery and CW Clowes Developments, largely clear but requiring some additional remediation and access works;

Etruria Valley: A 31.3 Ha brownfield site largely owned by Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration Ltd. (a joint venture between St Modwen and Stoke-on-Trent City Council). The site is clear and has early phases nearing completion. This is the SSLEP’s priority employment site, and is currently benefiting from investment in significant road infrastructure largely as a result of the SSLEP Growth Deal;

Cliffe Vale: A 6.2 Ha brownfield site largely owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which is mostly clear.

What will it deliver?

By 2020 it is estimated the CVEZ will deliver:

    • A net land value uplift equivalent to £39.3 million;
    • 140 Ha of brownfield land reclaimed
    • 308,000 sqm of additional employment floorspace.
    • Approximately 6,700 jobs on site

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)

What is it?

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.

What will it deliver?

    • Economic, social and environmental benefits
    • Total scheme benefits of £76.1m with up to 229 direct jobs.
    • 550 indirect safeguarded and created jobs valued at a further £63.5m. 10% cost saving for domestic heat customers
    • 400 houses and 578 flats taken out of fuel poverty. Up to 12,526 tonnes of CO² per annum saved valued at £2.7m p.a.

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)

What is it?

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.

What will it deliver?

    • 440 jobs by 2021 (120 construction, 20 permanent, 300 indirect)
    • 8,731 tonnes CO² saved

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)

What is it?

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.

What will it deliver?

    • By the end of 2018, a new Skills strategic governance system will have 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)

What is it?

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

What will it deliver?

  • Up to 2,200 jobs, by improved highways infrastructure kick starting development of enterprise area, with typical transport benefits (reduced journey times, etc.) 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)

What is it?

Construction of the 1.2km Stafford Western Access Route (SWAR), which will run through the west side of Stafford town centre.

What will it deliver?

  • Enables growth of the town centre and delivery of housing and employment development, including land at Doxey Road. Up to 2,350 houses, 100 jobs
  • enhances connectivity to the town centre, and housing and employment sites
  • improves access between residential areas and the urban centre
  • a more attractive and accessible environment will support growth in the business/professional services and retail sector

Latest Update:

  • Contractor appointment – the Infrastructure+ Strategic Partnership Board approved the Best Value Business Case presented by Amey Highways
  • Ongoing construction of new Saint Gobain Development at Redhill
  • Advanced Works package to be agreed, with a view to commencing works late May 2019
  • Main construction start date by June 2019

Meaford Major Employment Site

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

What is it?

Infrastructure works to provide access to business park, working with private sector developer.

What will it deliver?

  • New roundabout junction to A34
  • Improvements to approx. 400m of Meaford Road and new roundabout access to business park, including 350m carriageway to 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)

What is it?

Infrastructure works to provide site access road (new access road from the Branston Interchange including a new canal bridge), opening up the first phases of the employment site, housing site and local centre, and linking back to Branston Road.

What will it deliver ?

  • Creation of 3,800 jobs
  • Delivery of approximately 1 million square feet of high quality commercial floorspace
  • Provision of 2,500 new houses

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)

What is it?

Infrastructure works to open up business park, working with 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.

What will it deliver?

  • 723 jobs, improved highways infrastructure by 2021
  • Major widening of bridge over West Coast main railway line
  • Roundabout improvement A5127 / A5192
  • Roundabout improvement Cappers Way / Europa Way
  • Pedestrian crossing Cappers Way
  • Junction improvement Cappers Lane
  • Junction improvement Europa Way / Burton Old Road

Latest Update:

  • SSLEP investment is complete
  • Section 106 agreement now agreed and signed
  • Stoford developments and Liberty Property Trust have started on site with the construction of 163,000 square feet (115,000 + 48,000 sq. ft) development of 2 units to be built out speculatively (commenced 11 Feb 2019), Practical Completion is due Q3 2019

Bericote Four Ashes

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

What is it?

Infrastructure works to provide access to, and open up the Four Ashes Business Park, situated adjacent to the A449 and Stafford to Birmingham link of the West Coast Mainline, and to the north of the existing Four Ashes employment area.

What will it deliver?

    • 1,080 jobs and improved highways infrastructure by 2021
    • create the conditions for growth of development of 21 ha. of land

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)

What is it?

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 will have a lead specialism that will have 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.

What will it deliver?

The aim and purpose of the AME Hub is to:

  • Provide growth in AME Apprenticeships & Traineeships
  • Upskill 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
  • Provide specialist facilities and training to meet employer skills needs
  • Promote careers in the sector and develop 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))

What is it?

Package of measures to improve/encourage sustainable travel across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The schemes within the package to be delivered through a combination of Growth Deal funds and local contributions.

What will it deliver?

  • 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
      • 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)

What is it?

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

Rugeley Town Centre Improvement Package

What will it deliver?

These assets did not support any private sector jobs and, in the case of the Assembly Rooms, its operation was commercially unsustainable. However, 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 will deliver:

  • 39 FTE construction jobs (gross)
  • £1.4 million of construction‐related Gross Value Added
  • 98 ongoing jobs (gross)
  • £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)

What is it?

Provision of 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 which 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

What will it deliver ?

  • Formal flood defence to enable: Potential delivery of 330 new jobs; 140 new homes; additional sports pitches on Hagley Playing fields as part of landscaping. To be confirmed with CCDC.

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)

What is it?

A programme of access improvements to the Stoke-on-Trent City Centre between the strategic road network (A500/A50) and mainline railway station and the City Centre aligning with SEP/EUSIF objectives relating to the rapid growth of Stoke-on-Trent as a Core City. Remodel the main gateway to the City Centre so that it can better meet the needs of all users, including vehicles, pedestrians and customers. Reduce congestion at key pinch points to stimulate economic activity and attract investment

What will it deliver?

  • Reduce the existing significant congestion problems at key locations, resulting in journey time savings and hence, economic benefits.
  • 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 the attractiveness of the City Centre and deliver further economic benefits

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)

What is it?

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)

What is it?

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.

What will it deliver?

  • renovation/conversion of listed buildings – circa 9,154 ft.² (exact area subject to survey)
  • number of studios to be created – 12
  • number of jobs created/protected – 32

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)

What is it?

The creation of a purpose-built BREEAM excellent smart innovation facility in Keele University’s Science and Innovation Park, to provide (a) incubation and grow-on space for innovation-led SMEs; (b) a Hub for business-university interactions and open innovation, and (c) a home for Keele Management School in the heart of the LEP’s innovation-led business community.

What will it deliver?

  • Redress the low level of start-up and growth rates of high-tech, high-value start-ups and established businesses by developing the unique leadership and management skills required to start, grow and sustain high-tech, high growth businesses, based on innovative product and service development, underpinned by R&D
  • Redress exceptionally low levels of GVA by creating more jobs with higher GVA
  • Redress the lack of 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)

What is it?

LEP funding will be 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, to 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

What will it deliver?

  • 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
  • Support the upskilling of the existing workforce particularly at levels 3 & 4.
  • Upskilling and retraining the unemployed and NEET young people to meet current opportunities in the priority sectors
  • Responsive provision by developing 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)

What is it?

Pre-work for off-site infrastructure works to provide appropriate accesses to the site.

What will it deliver?

Discussions with the developer Harworth Estates are continuing in regard to their development intentions for the site, and these will form a future development business case. Harworth Estates have recently cleared the site of Great Crested Newts, and 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)

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: Hellermann Tyton; London House Ph2; Oak House; Dunston Business Village Ph 2, 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)

What is it?

Existing business park, a 2 acre part plot at the front of Plot 1 is being developed with a potential client identified

What will it deliver?

  • Up to 140 jobs could be created

Latest Update:

    • 17 jobs have been created to date

Keele Innovation Centre No. 5 (IC5)

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

What is it ?

Final completion of 30,000 sq. ft. net lettable high-quality office and workshop development on the Keele University Science Park development

What will it deliver?

  • IC5 at Keele  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)

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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