A FORMER factory site in Leek is set to be redeveloped into a residential estate.
Planning officers have recommended that full planning permission be approved to build 60 homes at the former Adam’s Foods Ingredients site in Prince Street.
The development would consist of six one-bedroom bungalows; three two-bedroom bungalows; 22 twobedroom and 13 three-bedroom houses. Also 16 one bedroom apartments are planned to complete the development.
The application, which goes before members of the district council's planning applications committee tomorrow, Thursday, has been submitted by Ascent Housing, a joint venture between Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Your Housing.
Ascent is aiming to build 424 units across the Moorlands. Out of the overall programme 245 are for rent, 125 are shared ownership and 54 for open sale.
It is proposed that public open space will be provided off site with some incidental open space being provided on site. This will be within the western area.
The development will be accessed via the existing factory road off Prince Street to the east of the site.
Upon entering the site, a loop-type road will serve the dwellings. A footpath would provide pedestrian access across.
The parking arrangements for the proposal mainly consist of in-curtilage parking.
In a report to councillors, planning officer, Rachel Simpkins, said: "The application site is located within the Leek Town Development Boundary.
Part of the site is brownfield, containing the vacated Adams Foods factory, with the other part greenfield.
In considering the acceptability of the principle of development, the principle of development for residential use is already established with consent for 53 dwellings.
“Concerning loss of employment issues, this permission was linked to the relocation of the Adams Foods factory to a new site on Sunnyhills Road on the southern edge of Leek.
Works on this development are now completed and the factory has relocated.
“From the 60 dwellings, seven units are for outright sale and the remaining 53 units – 88 per cent – are affordable, expressed as 24 shared ownership and 29 for rent.
This is clearly in excess of policy requirements in that 33 per cent of the development is affordable, and this provision would greatly assist in meeting the affordable housing needs in Leek and the rest of the district.”