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20 Trentham Gardens future secured by planning approval

Major boost to North Staffordshire Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, today (November 13) confirmed approval for Trentham Leisure’s comprehensive proposals for the restoration and redevelopment of Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent. The £100 million proposals by Trentham Leisure, which is a 75/25 joint venture between St Modwen Properties PLC, a private German investor and local management, were first submitted in 1997 and were the subject of a public enquiry in 2000. They will involve the re-creation of Trentham Gardens as a premier tourist destination and provide a major boost to the North Staffordshire economy. More than 1,000 jobs are predicted to be created together with significant spin-off benefits for the local economy. Anthony Glossop, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of St Modwen Properties, welcomed the Secretary of State’s decision. “This is great news for Trentham Gardens and North Staffordshire. We worked extremely hard with Stafford Borough Council, the adjoining local authorities, English Heritage and English Nature, to produce a proposal to deliver the future of Trentham Gardens. “We are very pleased that the Secretary of State has supported the local authority’s decision. We believe that the regeneration of Trentham Gardens will be a vital element in the improvement of the image of North Staffordshire.” The 750-acre Trentham Gardens Estate, formerly one of the homes of the Duke of Sutherland, was purchased by Trentham Leisure from British Coal in 1996. The redevelopment proposals include the restoration of the famous Italian gardens, estate woodland and lake, the re-creation of the former Trentham Hall as a top quality hotel, heritage, tourist, leisure and recreation related retailing, a major garden centre, a range of restaurant and eating facilities, a vineyard, holiday lodges and a monkey park unique to the UK. Detailed designs for the restoration and development will be produced over the next six months and work on the scheme is expected to commence during 2002. For further information contact Anthony Glossop on 0121-456-2800 or Mike Herbert, Regional Director of St Modwen Developments Ltd (01782-281844. Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121-236-7771).