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Bold plans for Burton after £7.5 million funding boost announced

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 08, 2014

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MILLIONS of pounds is to be pumped into Burton as part of a push to boost growth and development.

A total of £7.5 from the Government’s Local Growth Fund will be used to speed up work to build 200 new homes on the former Bargates site and ease potential traffic woes caused by thousands of new homes in Branston by a series of improvement works on the A38.

Early predictions have claimed that the cash boost will not only push through development in the area, but also create hundreds of new jobs.

Leader of the East Staffordshire Borough Council, Julian Mott commented: “The deal announced to is great news for East Staffrdshire. “Not only is it a boost for the local area in terms of making use of existing Brownfield Sites it can create jobs for

local people.”

The cash comes from millions handed out by the Government aimed at improving transport networks, unlocking economic sites and boost skills provision.

Through the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, East Staffordshire will be handed £1.5m to ‘bring forward the development of three Brownfield land sites currently in ownership of the council’ including Bargates, the other two are situated in Uttoxeter.

Chief executive of the council Andy O’Brien said: “It is estimated that the project will create more than 700 jobs and build an additional 300 homes.

“The borough council also takes the need to work with adjoining local enterprise partnerships (LEP) seriously and we have been working closely with officers from the county council.

“So, it’s pleasing to see Stoke and Staffordshire LEP gain £6 million for the Branston Interchange.”

The cash has been allocated to be released in 2016-17 in a bid to ease any traffic issues caused by the Branston Locks development.

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “This will also bring long-term benefits to our economy, resulting in better health and quality of life for Staffordshire people.”

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