Government approval of a gas fired power station at a new Staffordshire business park is a major step forward in the site development, the county’s economy leader said today.
Meaford Gas Power Station has now been granted consent by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The development, at the newly created Meaford Business Park near Stone, will be a big boost for jobs locally and energy creation nationally. The decision follows planning approval of the first industrial unit last month.
Over the last 12 months, Staffordshire County Council has been carrying out infrastructure works to provide roads and utilities to the site, paving the way for developer St Modwen to begin construction on site which could provide 2,200 jobs. The road scheme received the backing of the Government’s Local Growth Fund. A total of £6million was secured by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, together with a contribution from St Modwen. An event to mark the completion of the project took place on Friday, July 29.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economic growth Mark Winnington said:
“Government approval of the gas fired power station at Meaford is a major milestone and demonstrates real progress. This is a key part of the site development and will provide a boost in terms of jobs and an important part in national energy security. Following on from the approval of the first industrial unit last month it is rewarding to see things moving at pace. We’re pleased to have laid the foundations at Meaford which will lead to more investment and employment opportunities.”
Completion of road scheme paves the way for major business development
Following a 12-month construction period, the new infrastructure provides a new roundabout on the A34, improvements to Meaford Road and a new access serving St Modwen’s Meaford Business Park. Meaford Road has been realigned and access for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders has also been improved.
Extending to around 85 acres, Meaford Business Park has outline planning permission for up to 1.2 million sq ft of office, industrial and warehouse development and detailed permission was granted last month for a 36,000 sq ft unit.
Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader, Mark Winnington, said:
“The Meaford scheme has been another successful construction project delivered by the county council on time and on budget. The new road improvements will provide essential infrastructure for the site, enabling St. Modwen to develop a leading business park for the wider region.
“Meaford Business Park is being built on one of Staffordshire’s largest undeveloped brownfield site and provides another example of how councils, the LEP and developers are working effectively together to bring more jobs and growth to Staffordshire.”
Euan Lindsay, senior development manager at St Modwen, said:
“The provision of the improved access to the Meaford Business Park is a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the former power station site. We look forward to progressing the development and securing the inward investment and job opportunities that this will generate for the area.”
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman, David Frost CBE, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the latest in a series of development schemes across the area being delivered on schedule and on budget. It is yet another demonstration of the can-do attitude and successful partnership working across the private and public sector in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
“We look forward to continued success in our ambitions to bring more and better jobs to our region, creating a thriving economy and flourishing local communities.”
The road and infrastructure project was carried out by Staffordshire County Council with the backing of the Government’s Local Growth Fund, together with significant contributions from St Modwen. A total of £6million was also secured by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
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