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Newcastle-under-Lyme to be revamped

Words: Laura Edgar
Ryecroft / HDD

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has granted planning permission for a £40 million redevelopment of a former Sainsbury’s site and the adjoining Civic Offices in Ryecroft.

The HDD Newcastle-under-Lyme scheme is a joint venture between Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) and property regeneration specialist U+I.

Planning consultancy Lichfield’s Manchester office delivered the application on behalf of the developers.

Plans are expected to deliver an improved retail offer, additional parking for the town and 500 student beds to support the growth plans of Keele University, further integrating the university campus with the heart of the town.

It has been estimated that the development will create 500 new onsite full-time equivalent jobs, an additional 500 construction jobs and 220 jobs locally, thanks to the new student residents.

Simon Hesketh, director of regeneration at U+I, said: “Our investment will complement existing facilities and provide a catalyst for the town centre  to attract more big-name retailers, so local people can enjoy better shopping facilities closer to home. The proposals will provide a welcome boost to the local economy and that means local people will benefit from attractive new job opportunities in the town.”

Work is expected to start next year.

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