Proposals to improve the Ryecroft area of Newcastle in Staffordshire are going on display this month, to give local people a chance to see the plans before a planning application is submitted.
The proposals are for a retail-led development of the former Sainsbury’s site and the adjoining Civic Offices. As well as new shopping facilities with parking there will also be much-needed student accommodation which will cater for the prestigious Keele University and help to better integrate the university campus and the town centre.
Contracts were exchanged between Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and HDD Newcastle-under-Lyme Limited – a joint venture between Henry Davidson Developments and property regeneration specialist U+I – to progress the scheme in November 2016.
This regeneration project would help to breathe new life into the heart of Newcastle-under-Lyme, creating new jobs and economic growth in the town.
Together, the Civic hub and Ryecroft investments will bring huge benefits to the area, including saving Council Taxpayers more than £60 million in property running costs; centralising public sector partners under one roof to make access easier for residents; creating hundreds of new jobs; boosting retail in Newcastle town centre and providing additional student accommodation.
The open days will be held at 12, Merrial Street, Newcastle on:
- Friday, 12 May 3pm – 7pm
- Saturday, 13 May 10am- 4pm
Representatives from the project team will be present to discuss the plans and answer any questions.
Richard Croft, Director, at HDD commented: “We are pleased to be making progress with a comprehensive scheme that will bring new facilities to Newcastle. We are looking forward to sharing the latest plans with local people and hearing their views before progressing further with the details”.
Simon Hesketh, Director of Regeneration at U+I added: “U+I is delighted to be part of a scheme that will bring jobs and growth to Newcastle. We have been working closely with our partners to deliver an invigorated town centre that the local community can be proud of”.
After the public exhibition, the project team will consider all the feedback received and finalise the proposals before submitting a planning application later this summer.
The Borough Council and its partners – Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police – will be relocating from the Civic Offices, which are part of the Ryecroft site, into a new public sector hub over the next few months. The new Civic hub is being built on the site of the former St. Giles’ and St. George’s School adjacent to Queen’s Gardens.