PLANS to build more than 100 homes on a former factory site in Burton that were shelved due to the recession are to be resurrected.
Developers Bellway Homes confirmed that it had taken on plans to put 138 houses on the former Plasplugs site, off Wetmore Road, and said it hoped work would begin next year.
The plan originally gained outline approval more than two years ago, after gaining the backing of planning bosses at East Staffordshire Borough Council, having been submitted by the owner of the site.
But progress ground to a halt, with the plans thought to have become a victim of the recession with the site remaining empty ever since.
The Plasplugs factory was demolished following its closure in 2010.
But with demand for new housing growing all the time, Bellway Homes have decided now is the opportune moment to take over the running of the development.
Julian Mott, who sits on the borough council’s planning committee, said that any development of a brownfield site would be positive news for the town.
He said: “A number of developments have moved very slowly in the last few years and obviously this one has not started.
“It obviously hadn’t got the potential to sell and to be able to make it worthwhile at that stage.
“But with things picking up, maybe now it will go ahead.”
A spokesman for Bellway Homes said: “We have a conditional contract which was purchased from a private individual and are hoping to start the development next year.”
The Plasplugs factory closed in 2010 after the business fell into administration.
The factory was subsequently demolished as the site lay in waiting for the homes.
The plan was then given the seal of approval by planning bosses in July 2011, having received unanimous backing.