Stoke & Staffordshire

Uttoxeter highway scheme 'will help create 500 jobs'

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Image caption The scheme will lead to the development of 56 homes

A new highway scheme will open up an employment site, creating more than 500 jobs in Staffordshire, a council says.

A total of £750,000 has been approved for the scheme in Uttoxeter by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).

East Staffordshire Borough Council said it would mean the creation of a new highway layout and access to a council-owned brown-field employment site.

The benefit of the scheme, near Dove Way Bypass, was "immense", it added.

The council described the development as a "long standing priority" which would attract new investment into Uttoxeter.

Richard Grosvenor, leader of the Conservative-run council, said: "The successful bid will allow for the provision of a new roundabout, access road and remediation of site.

"The benefits of the project will be immense. It will open up the site, creating over 500 jobs, 56 homes and over 17,000 square metre commercial floor space."

The council said it had to submit a detailed business case to the panel of the GBSLEP, one of the Local Enterprise Partnerships set up to drive economic growth across the country.

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