Green light tipped for job-creating development
Credit – Harworth Group

Almost 2,000 jobs could be created if plans for more than 1.35 million sq ft of employment space are given the green light next week (29 January 2019).

Harworth Group is behind the bid for the Chatterley Valley development site off Peakcock Hay Road near Stoke-on-Trent.

The site, which runs alongside the A500 near the JCB World Logistics base, could create 1,842 jobs if Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s planning committee grant approval at a meeting next week. It has been recommended for approval by the authority’s planning officers.

A total of 14 units would be constructed, with each ranging in size up to about 550,000 sq ft. They would be used for storage and distribution, industrial and food and drink.

The 106-acre site, which is currently vacant and was partly used for mining and quarrying, is fully owned by Harworth Group following the purchase of more than 88 acres of neighbouring land in August 2017.

Chatterley Valley has been granted Enterprise Zone status by the government.

A council report published ahead of the meeting said: “The site, Chatterley Valley, is a key development site which has a long standing employment allocation and has previously been subject to planning permission for its redevelopment.”

“This is a strategically significant employment development in accordance with development plan and regeneration strategies for the area.

“The proposal accords with the provisions of the approved development plan for the area and there are no other material considerations which would justify refusal of the application.”

A document submitted to the authority on behalf of the applicant added: “The proposed development has been carefully considered and will result in a well-designed and high-quality scheme that is a further asset to the local area.

“Chatterley Valley will assist Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council in achieving their aims to improve the local economy and provide a range of new jobs and skilled workers to the area, with the aim of preventing outward migration from the region.

“The scale of the development will see an influx of new professional people into the Stoke and Newcastle area, which will boost interest in the locality.

“The practical nature of the Chatterley Valley masterplan means that the varying spaces are not limited to one user and will be an attractive destination for businesses, with the space provided accommodating a broad range of concept.”