A £20 million development set to change the face of Burton has been revealed through a series of 3D images - providing an insight into the town's future skyline.
The seven-acre Bargates site off High Street, Burton, could now be turned into 68 homes and flats as well as a sheltered housing block and two shops after a long-awaited planning application was finally submitted.
Jessup Build Develop has announced that a full planning application has been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council for the redevelopment of the former Bargates shopping centre and bowling site.
The proposals include 68 houses and flats, two shops, plus 72 two-bedroom apartments for the elderly, as a sheltered housing scheme.
This section of the development also includes a café area that can be used by residents and members of the public, with internal and external seating areas and views across the River Trent Washlands.
Reconfiguration of the current leisure centre car parking will provide 141 car parking spaces including seven disabled spaces. This had been part of a design specified by the council.
A public realm area with views across the Trent will provide a performance space for impromptu art performances on the Washlands, accessed via a pedestrian boulevard linked to the existing pedestrian crossing in High Street.
Strengthening of the cycle and foot route from Burton Bridge to the leisure centre will be improved by providing a dedicated cycleway and footpath.
Chartered architect Steve Faizey, of SP Faizey, said: "These proposals have been developed following lengthy consultation with the local planning authority, we also consulted MADE (an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of towns and cities by providing a high quality built environment)."
Clive Jessup, managing director of applicants Jessup Build Develop, said: "We are delighted to be able to now submit this full application and look forward to commencing works in 2018.
"The mix of properties available for sale and rent will offer a wide choice of quality accommodation to the people of Burton."
It was previously revealed in September 2016 that the council had formally announced plans for a care home, housing, shops and restaurant.
Cannock-based Jessup Build Develop in Cannock will buy the land from the council if it is granted permission by the planning committee.
Council admits the Riverside Leisure Centre, known as Bargates, had become an embarrassment with just a few units open, including Superbowl 200 which still had 14 years on its lease and had 'no desire to move'.
The council reveals a cafe quarter plan for Bargates with accommodation, bars, cafe and a hotel.
The Mail exclusively reveals that the council has lined up a deal with Tesco, which would see Bargates turned into a giant Tesco Extra store. The deal in principle included Tesco paying the council £8 million towards the cost of a new leisure centre to replace the Meadowside, which would have been demolished under the plans.
One of the last remaining units on Riverside, Indian restaurant Manzil, moves to the former Ocean nightclub, off Guild Street, where it remains to this day.
AUGUST 19, 2007
Superbowl 2000 closes to make way for the Tesco development. At the time Superbowl owner Jerry Hodges said he was keen to relocate and was looking for a site in Burton.
The council pulls out of a deal with Tesco to demolish the neighbouring Meadownside Leisure Centre due to sky-rocketing costs. An application for the Riverside Centre is still expected to be submitted.
Arsonists strike at former Superbowl 2000.
A Tesco plan to build nine glass-fronted retail units on the site is unanimously rejected by council planners after the scheme is branded as "unimaginative".
DECEMBER 1, 2009
Three options are listed for Bargates' future: a residential-led redevelopment, a retail-led redevelopment or a mixture of both.
MAY 30, 2010
Tesco indicates a willingness to relinquish the site and move to the former Condor site, which never came to fruition. Proposals are put forward for a mix of retail, office and residential buildings, including a hotel overlooking the River Trent.
JUNE 3, 2010
Tesco installs large wooden boards to screen the eyesore from public view.
JUNE 15, 2010
East Staffordshire Borough Council announces its intention to appoint a developer by the end of 2010.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
Tesco's board of directors agrees the sale of the site to East Staffordshire Borough Council for £4 million.
APRIL 12, 2011
Meanwhile, Tesco is given permission for a superstore in Hawkins Lane. This plan never came to fruition after financial difficulties led Tesco to put the site up for sale.
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
Demolition begins at the Bargates site.
MAY 28, 2012
The council announces Bargates will be turned into a 'village green'.
JULY 4 2012
The council puts up 'The Bargates Job' on the site.
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
The council announces it has full ownership of Bargates and it is up for sale – maintaining the preferred mixed use option in a bid to attract developers.
JULY 15, 2014
Councillors reveal plans to spend part of a £1.5 million grant on making Bargates more attractive. It came after work started to improve the appearance of shops opposite, to show the authority was keen to regenerate High Street.
Councillor Richard Grosvenor, leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, said the authority was hoping to work in partnership with other agencies to bring sheltered housing to the site.
A major developer is in talks to buy Bargates but discussions break down in March.
Contractors were spotted drilling on the site to ascertain the site's development costs.
It is revealed a deal has been struck for offices and extra-care facilities on Bargates.
Developer Jessup Build Develop reveals a planning application could be submitted in September.
Jessup Build Develop submit planning application to East Staffordshire Borough Council