COUNCIL chiefs have revealed how they will spend part of a £1.5 million cash boost from the Government to spruce up part of Burton to make it more appealing to developers.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has outlined how it will spend cash allocated from the Local Growth Fund to help it push on with plans to build 200 new homes on the former Bargates site.
The authority revealed that it will get its hands on the cash from April next year, and plots to use it to improve the site to try to attract further investment to the Burton Bridge end of the town.
A spokesman for the borough council said: “The funding the council has secured for Bargates will be used to provide infrastructure to service the development, in advance of the scheme’s delivery.
“This includes the on-site roads, sewers, electric, gas, telecoms etc.
“This up-front investment will increase the site’s commercial viability, therefore making it a more attractive proposition to a developer.
“In terms of the delivery programme, the council expects to receive the funding after April 2015, to be spent within the financial year.”
The cash was part of a £7.5 million boost for the area that will include £6 million being spent on the A38 Branston interchange to prepare the area for an influx of thousands of houses over the coming years.
Early predictions have suggested the cash boost will not only push through development in the area, but also create hundreds of new jobs.
The money comes from millions handed out by the Government aimed at improving transport networks, unlocking economic sites and boosting skills provision
Borough council leader Julian Mott said: “The deal is great news for East Staffrdshire.”