Stoke & Staffordshire

Retirement village plans for Stafford council site

Aerial view (image from Staffordshire County Council)
Image caption Some facilities could be open to the community, the council said

Plans for a retirement village on the site of council offices in Stafford have been announced.

The Extra Care facility in Riverway would include 118 apartments and could house about 200 people.

The current county council offices built in the 1930s in Riverway would be demolished.

The site is the largest of the 17 which would be vacated once the new town centre Staffordshire Place offices are completed this year, the council said.

The new facilities in Riverway would include a restaurant and licensed bar, a community shop, hair salon, lounge, computer room and fitness area.

Some of these facilities could be open to the community, the county council said.

It added an application for outline planning permission should be lodged with Stafford Borough Council in mid-March and more detailed proposals would then be developed.

More than 300 staff are based at Riverway, mainly in highways, transport, economic development, planning and countryside management.

Plans and images of the new development will be on view to the public at the Riverway offices on 2 March from 1600 to 1900 GMT and 5 March from 1000 to 1300 GMT.

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