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Locks site could be set for booster

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

Cllr Philip Atkins

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A MAJOR development on the outskirts of Burton has been picked out as a key project which will benefit from a pot of more than £30 million of government funding.

Branston Locks has been flagged up as a ‘key industrial site’ as council and business leaders get set to put pen to paper on a pioneering City Deal which will see thousands of jobs created in Staffordshire.

The Government is committing £30.9 million which, combined with private sector investment and other programmes, could see more than £113 million invested in the economy and more than 20,000 jobs created over the next 10 years.

It will include developing sites for new business such as Branston Locks, which is situated between Shobnall, Branston and Tatenhill and includes up to 2,500 homes, a primary school, a 160-bed care home, a hotel, a pub-restaurant, employment and retail space.

Philip Atkins (pictured), leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “This deal will unlock our potential and accelerate our work to create a connected county and the right conditions for business to thrive.

“The result will be more, better paid jobs for Staffordshire people, more, better training and apprenticeships for young people or the unemployed, and more, better support and opportunities for business to invest and flourish.”

The City Deal programme will be delivered by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, working with more than 40 businesses and partners.

Ron Dougan, chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership, said: “This deal is the start of a new era of prosperity and success for the whole of Staffordshire.”

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