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New lease of life for former power station site

Regeneration specialists St Modwen are planning to begin the £70 million redevelopment of the former Meaford Power Station site at Stone, Staffordshire, later this year to create a major regional business park that will provide the opportunity for up to 2,500 jobs.

Outline planning consent has been granted by Stafford Borough Council for

1.185 million sq ft of office, industrial and warehousing accommodation plus sports facilities on the 70-acre site which has lain redundant for a number of years.

St Modwen acquired the key site in late 2004 from the Receivers of Reach Environmental Ltd and since that time have been in negotiations with the borough and county councils to reach the necessary agreements to enable redevelopment to begin.

A detailed masterplan for the site is currently being prepared.

Initially, major infrastructure improvements will be undertaken including the formation of a new site entrance and the construction of a roundabout at the junction of Meaford Road and the A34.

Euan Lindsay, development manager with St Modwen, said: ³The transformation of the former power station site represents another example of St Modwen¹s expertise in regenerating problem brownfield sites. We anticipate commencing the infrastructure work later this year which will enable occupiers to be operational by mid to late 2008.

“We expect to attract a mix of uses and be able to offer buildings in a wide range from 1,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft.”

The site is adjacent to the West Coast Main Line and the Trent & Mersey Canal, midway between Junctions 14 and 15, M6,

Jones Lang LaSalle of Birmingham and Louis Taylor of Stoke-on-Trent are the joint agents.

* Meaford Power Station was built in the 1940s and de-commissioned during the 1990s since when many of the buildings, including the cooling towers, have been demolished.

For further information contact Euan Lindsay (01782 281844). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771)