A FORMER industrial site in Leek is set to be redeveloped as a mini-housing estate with 60 affordable homes.
Adams Foods has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to redevelop its former food ingredients plant in Prince Street.
The business has moved to the Barnfields Industrial Estate in Leek following the construction of an ultra modern premises next to the company’s cheese factory.
The plans come three years after Tesco was refused planning permission by the district council to develop the Prince Street site. The supermarket giant also aimed to combine the adjoining Eaton House building on Buxton Road into the site to construct a new store.
In February 2011 approval was given by the council in another application to build 53 homes on the site.
If approved, the latest development would be taken forward by Ascent Housing, a joint venture between the district council and Your Housing.
Laura Cottingham, co-ordinator at the Haregate Community Centre, welcomed the news of the application.
She said: “The proposals have got to be better than what is standing there unused at the moment. It will also bring more affordable homes to the town.
“We have so many families who use the community centre that are presently living in flats. These families are desperate for bigger homes so this would be great for them as some may be able to move.”
Leek Town councillor Alex Povey said that something did need doing with the site.
He said: “This would see the loss of another industrial site where Tesco was refused permission to build.
“However, if it remained industrial residents would have a lot of wagons travelling past in what is mostly a residential area.
“The site is also close the extra care site which is presently being built at Ball Haye Green.”
A design and access report for the project by John McCall Architects said: “The scheme is an extension off the existing road network and will use Prince Street for access which will have junctions improvements to highways approval as part of the works.
“The houses themselves are based on a traditional layout with front and private rear gardens.
“Car parking to the front of the houses will be softened by the formation of planted bay dividers and shrubs, which will be located in appropriate areas of the site to enhance security, privacy and provide residents with a greener outlook.”
It added: “The design and access statement has been prepared on behalf of Ascent Housing Limited to support a full planning application to develop 60 new houses for rent, shared ownership and sale on the current Adams Food industrial site off Prince Street, Leek.
“The proposed site sits behind Prince Street and is located approximately 500 metres to the east of Leek Town Centre.
“The site does not form part of a Conservation Area and there are no buildings of historic importance within the immediate vicinity.” The proposed dwellings are a mixture of six basic unit types which include five two-bedroom and four one-bedroom bungalows.
Also proposed are 24 two-bedroom houses and 10 three-bedroom homes, plus three three-bedroom extended houses. Fourteen one, one-bedroom apartments are also planned to complete the development.
It is expected that a decision on the application will be made by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council within the next eight weeks.