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ST. MODWEN GETS GREEN LIGHT TO COMMENCE MULTI-MILLION POUND CANNOCK HOUSING SCHEME

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, and J S Holford and Sons, the landowners, have signed the Section 106 Agreement with Cannock Chase Council, allowing plans for a multi-million pound, high quality housing scheme in Hednesford, Cannock to commence.

Located on land to the west of Pye Green Road, the 142 acre development will include up to 700 homes, including affordable housing, and 75 acres of public open space. At the heart of the development will be a local centre that will incorporate shops and local facilities.

St. Modwen was given a resolution to grant planning permission for the development in 2012 and has since been working with Cannock Chase Council to agree the Section 106 Agreement – a package of financial contributions and infrastructure improvements to help enhance the local area.

The Agreement includes:

  • provision for an on-site primary school and £2.6 million education contributions
  • over half the site dedicated to open space
  • major contribution to off-site recreation, enabling  Cannock Chase Council to bring forward the proposed Sports Hub at the former Cannock Stadium in Pye Green Road
  • highway works costing over £2 million to provide a roundabout on the A34, new and improved junctions on Pye Green Road and Limepit Lane and a network of pedestrian crossing facilities and cycle paths, to help minimise residents’ car use

Mike Timmins, senior planning surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “We are very pleased to reach this major milestone in our plans for the Pye Green site. It means we can now start building the development and create an exciting, sustainable neighbourhood that will breathe new life into Hednesford. More than 1,000 jobs are also set to be generated by the construction of the houses and the local centre.”

Cllr Gordon Allcott, Cannock Chase Council Economic Development and Planning Cabinet Portfolio Leader, added: “This housing scheme will bring significant levels of inward investment to Cannock Chase District as well as social and environmental benefits. Up to 14 per cent of the first phase of 219 homes will be affordable, helping local people.”

The Pye Green scheme has been carefully developed following extensive public consultation. Its design will encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport, and over half of the site will be devoted to open space which will give the scheme a very natural feel, taking advantage of its location and surrounding landscape setting.

The traditional-style houses will range from one to five bedrooms, with a general emphasis on three and four-bed family homes. There will also be affordable housing and large detached executive homes included in the development.

St. Modwen has also undertaken a £50 million transformation of Hednesford town centre.  The 10 acre regeneration project has involved the creation of two shopping and leisure areas called Chase Gateway and Victoria Shopping Park boasting high street names including Tesco, Costa Coffee and Pets Corner.