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20m plan for valley regeneration
Chatterley Valley, north Staffordshire
Two million square feet of the site will be developed
A 20m flagship regeneration project which could create nearly 5,000 jobs in north Staffordshire will be submitted to planners this month.

Advantage West Midlands says the plan for the Chatterley Valley, near Tunstall, will see 288 acres of brownfield land become a hi-tech business park with an urban forest.

Around two million square feet of the site will be cleared for development.

Land has also been designated for leisure use.

The redevelopment of Chatterley Valley will be one of the most important mixed use regeneration schemes to happen in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle
Marie Greer, Advantage West Midlands

This will include pubs, restaurants and a wetlands conservation and amenity area.

The project is a joint venture involving Advantage West Midlands and the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

It will be submitted to the planning authorities at the beginning of May.

Part of the land is owned privately and Advantage West Midlands has been holding meetings with the landowners.

Marie Greer, director for Staffordshire at Advantage West Midlands, said: "The redevelopment of Chatterley Valley will be one of the most important mixed use regeneration schemes to happen in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle for some years."

Ron Hilton, project champion for the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone, said: "It should attract the best of hi-tech employers and bring a new era of economic prosperity to the region."

The regional development agency will spend around 20m acquiring, reclaiming and servicing the site, which includes a former colliery, a disused sewage plant and a gas works.


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