A SCHEME which would bring job opportunities, housing, a marina and leisure facilities to Leek has finally been revealed.
Plans to develop the Cornhill area of the town into a gateway and tourist hub are to go on public display early next month.
The owner of an adjoining site to Cornhill, Barnfield Hughes Ltd, has prepared proposals for a redevelopment plan including housing, new job opportunities in business and leisure uses, a marina basin at the terminus of the Caldon Canal, a site for new railway facilities for the Churnet Valley Railway, and links to Ladderedge Country Park.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has been working with the owner to develop proposals for the area – between the former Britannia Building Society buildings and Barnfields Industrial Estate – for a number of years in line with the Draft Churnet Valley Masterplan. The Draft Masterplan is currently being consulted upon by the council until December 9.
Leader of the district council, Sybil Ralphs, said in a statement yesterday (Tuesday): “The regeneration of Cornhill is an ambitious project that we have been working on for a number of years.
“All this hard work is beginning to pay off and the redevelopment of this brownfield site presents a golden opportunity to enhance the tourist potential of Leek.
“Subject to securing planning approval, a new marina basin and railway station will create an attractive setting that residents and visitors will wish to enjoy, whilst providing much-needed new housing and employment.”
Dominic Hughes, chairman of Barnfield Hughes, said: “The Hughes family have been involved in Leek for over 40 years, and wish to deliver a scheme we can be proud of.
“As such we look forward to working with the council to deliver a project that includes all the aspirations for Cornhill, and brings real benefit to the town.”
The draft proposals will be on show at a public exhibition on December 3 from 1.30pm and 7pm at Trintiy Church, Derby Street, Leek.p>
Last week the Post & Times revealed that trains could return to the town with a new station being built in the Cornhill area near to the cattle market. The project would link up with the redevelopment of the Cornhill site.
The district council announced a few years ago of its intention to redevelop the Cornhill area which also involved a link road.