Meaford Business Park


Site Description: This brown field site has outline planning consent for a major development which will result in a total of 110,000 sq.m. (1.2 million sqft) of building on the core site which extends to 34.1 hectares (85 acres). This comprises 10,000 sq.m (107,642 sqft) of B1 floor space, 40,000 sq.m (430,570 sqft) of B2 floor space and 60,000 sq.m (645,855 sqft) of B8 floor space. Planning consent has been granted for a 300 Megawatt gas-fired power station with the potential to offer competitive energy costs to other site occupiers.

Overall developable land: 511 acres (207 Hectares) gross; 85 acres (34.1 hectares) net

Range of plot size: Up to 28 acres (11.3 Hectares)

Planning use: B1, B2 and B8

Developer: St Modwen

Planning authority: Stafford Borough Council

Major local companies: General Electric, Argos, Bostik Findley, Perkins Diesels and Wedgwood

Workforce: 224,142 within a thirty minute drive-time

Sat Nav: ST15 8UX (Meaford Road)


Birmingham 40 miles (64 km)
London 153 miles (246 km)
Manchester 59 miles (95 km)
Sheffield 56 miles (89 km)
Folkestone 232 miles (373 km)
Harwich 219 miles (353 km)
Hull 154 miles (247 km)
Southampton 210 miles (338 km)
Birmingham 49 miles (78 km)
Manchester 44 miles (70 km)
East Midlands 47 miles (76 km)
M6 (Junction 14) 8 miles (13 km)
M6 (Junction 15) 6 miles (10 km)

St. Modwen schemes to support the creation of over 1,000 jobs

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Work is expected to begin in January on a range of industrial and logistics units in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire which could create more than 1,000 jobs.

Birmingham-headquartered developer St Modwen is behind the projects at Etruria Valley and Trentham Lakes.

Planning approval has already been granted for five units at Trentham Lakes, ranging from 22,000 sq ft to 250,000 sq ft.

The company is set to be told next month on whether it has also been given the go-ahead for the next two phases at Etruria Valley, comprising a trade park scheme as well as a 43,000 sq ft standalone industrial and logistics unit. A further planning application for 51,000 sq ft on the same site has also been submitted.

The schemes are in addition to the development at Meaford Business Park, where St Modwen has already speculatively built 36,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space, with planning secured for a further two industrial warehouse units, one 50,000 sq ft and the other 22,000 sq ft.

Euan Lindsay, senior development manager at St Modwen, said: “The north Staffordshire area continues to offer great opportunities for investment and our work across these three key sites has attracted major names and created a significant number of job opportunities.

“We’re keen to ensure Etruria Valley, Meaford Business Park and Trentham Lakes reach their full potential – and with a further circa 570,000 sq ft in the pipeline – we’re confident they will.”

James Clements, head of Midlands logistics and industrial at Knight Frank, added: “It is fantastic to see St Modwen committing to bring these sites forward at such a crucial time.

“There is a lack of good quality supply in this size range across the region, and developments like this are necessary to satisfy demand.”

Power station approval is another major milestone for Staffordshire business park

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Government approval of a gas fired power station at a new Staffordshire business park is a major step forward in the site development, the countyas economy leader said today.

Meaford Gas Power Station has now been granted consent by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The development, at the newly created Meaford Business Park near Stone, will be a big boost for jobs locally and energy creation nationally. The decision follows planning approval of the first industrial unit last month.

Over the last 12 months, Staffordshire County Council has been carrying out infrastructure works to provide roads and utilities to the site, paving the way for developer St Modwen to begin construction on site which could provide 2,200 jobs. The road scheme received the backing of the Governmentas Local Growth Fund. A total of AL6million was secured by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, together with a contribution from St Modwen. An event to mark the completion of the project takes place next Friday, July 29.

Staffordshire County Councilas cabinet member for economic growth Mark Winnington said: aGovernment approval of the gas fired power station at Meaford is a major milestone and demonstrates real progress. This is a key part of the site development and will provide a boost in terms of jobs and an important part in national energy security. Following on from the approval of the first industrial unit last month it is rewarding to see things moving at pace. Weare pleased to have laid the foundations at Meaford which will lead to more investment and employment opportunities.a

Major projects to boost growth in Staffordshire take step forward

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Major developments to boost growth and opportunities in Staffordshire are set to start in the next few months after gaining planning approval.

Following Staffordshire County Councilas delivery of a road and infrastructure scheme to support business development at Meaford near Stone, the first planning consent for an industrial building on site has been given the go-ahead. In Rugeley, a flood defence scheme to protect the town for generations and unlock land for business and residential development has also won approval. Both schemes have had backing from the Governmentas Local Growth Fund, secured by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership.

The AL2million Rugeley flood defence scheme, which received AL1.3million from the Local Growth Fund, will see a 370metre embankment being built along Western Springs Road and short section of wall to prevent flooding from the townas Rising Brook. Sizeable areas of Rugeley town centre are currently blighted by flood risk a meaning housing developers and businesses wonat invest in the town. The Environment Agency, which is carrying out the project and backed by the county and district councils, estimates that a severe flood could cause AL15million worth of damage, severe transport disruption due to closure of the A51 and put both the bus station and fire station at risk. This scheme addition will immediately remove 117 existing homes and commercial properties from flood risk.

At Meaford, the county council has completed a AL6million road scheme to support a new business park which will be built by developer St Modwen. The works have included building a new roundabout and road, improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and creating a second junction to serve the business park. The site is the largest undeveloped brownfield site in the county and could create up to 2,200 jobs. Plans for a 38,000 square foot industrial unit on site have now been approved.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aThese two schemes are hugely significant for Staffordshire and weare pleased to see them move forward. The on site development at Meaford follows our successful completion of the supporting road scheme which is another example of us delivering on time and on budget. The Rugeley flood defence scheme will see large areas of land currently blighted by flood risk become attractive to developers and investors, meaning further regeneration, new jobs and new homes. The Brexit vote has undoubtedly caused economic uncertainty across the nation, but we have built solid foundations for growth in Staffordshire and we are confident of carrying on that momentum in the years to come.a

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: aWe are delighted to see that these two schemes bringing jobs and growth to our region are progressing so well.

aThey are great examples of the can-do attitude and partnership working across the public and private sectors in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent that is making this area so attractive for businesses to locate and grow, creating more and better jobs and thriving local communities.a

Road set to open as part of job boosting business development

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A major Staffordshire highway scheme which will support a business development creating up to 2,200 jobs reaches another milestone this week with the opening of a newly aligned road.

Meaford Road near Stone will reopen tomorrow (Wednesday) after being closed for 12 months as part of the project which will pave the way for the construction of the new business park and gas fired power station by developer St. Modwen. The scheme has also included reconstruction of part of the A34 where a new roundabout has been built, allowing easier access to the site.

The project was the countyas second Government Growth Deal funded project to get off the ground and included the construction of new roundabouts on Meaford Road at its junctions with the A34 and Rookery Lane to allow easy access to the business park site. Meaford Road has been realigned and a new 300 metre road built into the business park. Access for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders is also being improved. Some traffic management will be needed on Meaford Road at some periods over the next few weeks while final works are completed.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aThe reopening of Meaford Road is a big milestone in this project and will be welcomed locally. The Meaford scheme is an important one for Staffordshire as it will pave the way for over two thousand jobs and significant investment.

“This is the largest brownfield development site in the county and one we all want to see brought back into productive use. Our supporting works have not just been about building new roundabouts a itas creating all the infrastructure that will make the site developable. We would again like to take this opportunity to thanks people for their patience while the scheme is carried out. This is an important development for Staffordshire which will bring real economic benefits to our county.a

The whole scheme has included:

  • Building a new roundabout on A34 at its junction with Meaford Road
  • Realignment of Meaford Road and junction with Meaford View
  • Building a new roundabout on Meaford Road at its junction with Rookery Lane
  • Building a new 300 metre-long road into Meaford Business Park
  • Improving access facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders
  • Enhancing landscaping features
  • Improving traffic signs and road markings near the junction of Rookery Lane with Washdale Lane.

People can find out more at and on Twitter @Meaford_Dev

First Government Growth Deal project in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire officially opened

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Completion of supporting works to major employment sites has laid the foundation for more new jobs in Staffordshireas as the number of people claiming job seekersa allowance hit an all-time low today.

The first Government Growth Deal project in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been officially opened. Supporting work for Liberty Park in Lichfield has seen a new replacement rail bridge built by the county council, providing access to the site and the London Midland Trent Valley station car park. The site could provide over 1,000 jobs. The project, which was allocated AL4million from the Local Growth Fund, has seen Staffordshire County Council carry out the bridge replacement and road improvement works before the developer Liberty and its partner Stoford move on site to build the industrial units.

Work to provide the infrastructure for a new business park at Meaford near Stone is on schedule for completion in May. The project, carried out by the county council, received a AL4million allocation from the Local Growth Fund. Developer St Modwen will then take the scheme forward on site. The development, on what is the largest brownfield site in the county, could provide up to 2,200 jobs when completed.

In June, a new innovation centre at Keele University Science and Innovation Park will be completed. The AL7milllion development between Staffordshire County Council and KUSIP will look to attract leading UK and international businesses in the medical, technology and engineering sectors. It will provide up to 130 skilled jobs and is the fifth centre of its kind on the university campus. It will be located on an established site for future development on the Keele campus.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aStaffordshireas success story in increasing job opportunities over the last few years has been phenomenal and we have hit an all-time low today in terms of the number of people claiming job seekersa allowance. The county council has supported business expansion, backed smaller enterprises, invested where it matters and with partners is driving up skills. We know we must continue to build on these successes and we are literally laying the foundations for new jobs in the coming months and years. We are ahead of the game with our business development and this is something that has been recognised by Government. These business sites will bring a real mix of quality jobs to Staffordshire people.a

New bridge at Old Burton Road, Liberty Park, Lichfield

Staffordshire set to deliver more employment sites as business development continues

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New bridge over West Coast Mainline at Liberty Park, Lichfield.

Staffordshire is preparing for more business development schemes as it continues to deliver multi-million pound Growth Deal projects.

The county council and its partners are planning projects in anticipation of a new round of applications put forward by the Government this autumn. The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has successfully levered in some AL97.7m of Growth Deal funding since the first round of applications were submitted in March 2014. Project development is continuing at pace and will demonstrate the countyas ability to deliver major job boosting schemes.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aWe are continuing to plan for new projects which would create hundreds more jobs for Staffordshire people. We are very confident that we can attract millions of pounds worth of funding from future Growth Deal rounds which will in turn be bolstered by private investment. It is good to take stock of our considerable achievements so far which will lead to a stronger economy and more opportunities for Staffordshire people. Our ability to deliver on time and on budget also sends a strong positive message to the Government and potential investors.a

Infrastructure work by the county council at Lichfieldas Liberty Park is now nearing completion and involved replacing a bridge over the West Coast Mainline to provide access. The site could create up to 1,100 jobs. At Meaford near Stone road and access improvements are continuing ahead of a site development which could create 2,200 jobs. The Growth Deal is also supporting Staffordshireas advanced manufacturing and engineering skills hub a funding colleges and training organisations to deliver specific key sector industry courses. Work to build an access road to a site at Bericote Four Ashes in South Staffordshire is set to begin before the new year, while 2016 will also see the start of work on the Tamworthas Creative Quarter project. The construction of Staffordas western access route to relieve town centre congestion will follow soon afterwards.

In total, the Growth Deal for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has a total project value of AL153million, with the potential to create more than 11,000 jobs and support the construction of 8,000 houses.A A Growth Deal progress report was discussed by the county councilas prosperous Staffordshire select committee this week.

Major road scheme to support business development set to start

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Work on a major road improvement scheme to serve a new business park near Stone will begin next week.

The scheme at Meaford, which is the countyas second Government Growth Deal funded project to get off the ground, will see the construction of new roundabouts on Meaford Road at its junctions with the A34 and Rookery Lane to allow easy access to the Meaford Business Park site. Work will begin on Tuesday May 26.

Investment through the Growth Deal and developer St Modwen could create up to 2,500 jobs. St Modwen is regenerating the brownfield site to include a new business park, power station and housing.

As part of the improvements, which are being carried out with highways partner Amey, the northern entry to Meaford View will be closed to only allow access off Meaford Road, increasing safety in the village. New pavements and a cycleway will also be installed on Meaford Road between the two new islands. Work is scheduled to take 12 months to complete.

During the works period Meaford Road and Rookery Lane will be closed to all vehicles and a diversion route will be signed. People may experience delays on the A34 on the occasions where abnormal loads are moved and escorted by Staffordshire Police. When this happens, temporary traffic management will be removed to allow the load to pass through the works. Advance notice will be given whenever possible.

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aThe development at Meaford will bring a derelict brownfield site back into productive use, regenerate the area and see the creation of up to 2,500 jobs. aThis project is included in our Growth Deal which will result in major business development across the county. We have demonstrated that we can deliver such projects with our partners which will have a lasting positive impact on our economy and the local jobs market. This is a busy route, and while we will try to limit disruption as much as we can, we would ask people to bear with us over the next 12 months.a

David Frost, LEP Chair, said: aWe have set an ambitious job creation target to create not just more jobs, but better, higher paid jobs for the people of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. Our Growth Deal projects will bring thousands of jobs to this area and it is encouraging to see the first two get off the ground.a

Euan Lindsay, senior development manager at St Modwen, said: “This is a major step forward to facilitate development of Meaford Business Park and shows regional and national commitment to help bring forward employment opportunities in the region. In parallel with the county council works, we will be undertaking on-site infrastructure preparation for development of Meaford Business Park.”

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Meaford Energy Centre a Acceptance of application by Planning Inspectorate

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After a successful review period, the Development Consent Order Application for a new 299MWe combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station, to be known as the Meaford Energy Centre (MEC) has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate. The Planning Inspectorate is the government body responsible for receiving and examining Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) such as the MEC.

The application will now progress to the pre-examination stage, where anyone who may have an interest in the proposals and the examination stage can register for participation through the Planning Inspectorate’s website by selecting the MEC from the ‘Project’ list.

The pre-examination process will take approximately 3 months and will be followed by the Planning Inspectorateas formal examination. Anyone who has registered interest during pre-examination will be invited to provide full details of their views in both writing and at public hearings.

Now that the application has been accepted you can download all of our application materials from the project website a – they can be found in the aLibrarya section.

If you have any further questions or require more information, please contact using the following:

Telephone: 0800 319 6185 (Freephone)
Freepost: Meaford Energy Centre, RTLA-GHRX-SSXA, Local Dialogue, 77a Tradescant Road, London, SW8 1XJ

Application for Power Station at Meaford submitted

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Meaford Energy Ltd. have submitted an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a new combined-cycle gas turbine (CCTP) power station with a capacity of up to 299MW at Meaford Business Park. The application includes a Consultation Report which collated all the feedback from the non-statutary and statutary consultation periods held in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

During the acceptance period, the Planning Inspectorate will ensure that the right documents have been submitted and that the application can then proceed to the next stage of the consenting process, examination. Once the application is accepted anyone who may have an interest in the application will be able to register for participation in the examination process.

St Modwen gets outline consent

Monday, 1st of November 2004

Outline planning consent has been obtained, subject to a planning agreement relating to off-site highway works, for 1.2 million sq ft of offices, industrial and warehousing accommodation. There is also the potential for leisure use alongside the canal which runs through part of the site.

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