Leek Regeneration Scheme
HOW Planning secured outline planning approval on behalf of Barnfield Hughes Ltd for the re-development of a 6.59ha piece of land to the south of Leek town centre; a scheme which has the potential to create a prominent and attractive gateway location leading into the picturesque Churnet Valley.
The site sits within the Cornhill area of Leek which had been identified as one of the areas for regeneration in the Churnet Valley Masterplan by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. HOW worked closely with its client and the council to ensure plans for the scheme help meet targets for employment and tourism, whist remaining sensitive to its surroundings.
A lot of work has been undertaken in recent years to outline the aspirations for the Churnet Valley area and as part of this work the Barnfield Hughes’ site was identified as an important gateway location. It required sensitive planning, but feedback from the public was very supportive and the plans were very much in line with the Council’s requirement for new jobs and regeneration, as reflected by the positive outcome.
Work will transform what was a former concrete manufacturing site into a residential-led mixed used development, including tourism, leisure and commercial uses, with additional improved access to the adjoining Ladderedge Country Park.
Plans include a residential element comprising up to 175 dwellings with open space, play areas and pedestrian and cycle routes. Employment uses include light industrial and general industrial uses, whilst the tourism and leisure element features a marina/basin connecting to the adjoining Caldon Canal and a railway station hub which will be taken forward by the Churnet Valley Railway to link Leek into the heritage railway.
HOW worked with Planit who put together the masterplan for the scheme and CBO Transport.