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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has begun demolishing disused industrial buildings at the former Castleworks industrial site in Stafford.

The  works, which are being carried out by East Midlands Demolition, will ensure that the almost 200,000 sq ft of obsolete industrial buildings that have been the subject of ongoing vandalism and trespassing will be razed to the ground, creating a much safer environment in anticipation of future development at the site.

St. Modwen was granted outline planning consent in November 2012 for the site, which could see the creation of up to 80 new homes, alongside new public realm, including community focused open space and upgrades to footpaths and cycle routes.

David Dodge, senior residential development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to move forward with demolishing the industrial buildings at the Castleworks site in Stafford.

“The area has stood vacant for some considerable time and as such has become a magnet for vandalism and trespassing. By carrying out these essential works, we are making safe the area by the removal of buildings that have exceeded their life span and that pose a threat to anyone unlawfully entering the site.

“We have secured outline planning consent on the site already and following the completion of the demolition we intend to submit a detailed planning application in partnership with a national housebuilder.