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1,000 homes to be built on former Keele Golf Course

The development would take place around Keele University

New development around Keele has been announced by Newcastle Borough Council.

 

The authority has confirmed it is looking at developing land to the west of Newcastle, including building 1,000 new homes on the former golf course at Keele - which it owns.

The proposals, which are due to be approved by the Council’s cabinet next week, also include a primary school and a small convenience store, to meet the needs of new residents.

Another feature of the plan is to look at possibly establishing a transport hub to improve public accessibility, and minimise movements by car.

A network of walking routes through the area would also be established.

Cllr. Simon Tagg, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “This is a massive opportunity for the Council and its partners to really make a difference to the future success of the Borough, its residents and its businesses.

“This plan will help to unleash the potential long-term economic impact of the University by enabling further expansion which will support the creation of high quality jobs, both at the University and its Science and Innovation Park, so supporting our ambitions for a thriving and aspirational borough well into the future.

“By consolidating our thinking and working with partners the Council is also keen to see the development of already required new housing on adjacent land, helping to provide much needed high quality housing in the Borough as well as helping to deliver the objectives of the emerging Joint Local Plan.”

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice Chancellor of Keele University, said: “This is the continuation of a story for Keele which we have been developing with our partners for several years and one which looks at how the University can flourish in the future.

Keele Science and Innovation Park is one of the most prestigious high-tech employment locations in the West Midlands region. Creating more high value jobs as part of the Growth Corridor means we can retain our best local talent and also draw it in from further afield.”

David Frost CBE, Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I admire the forward thinking shown by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Keele University, in using the opportunity of the Joint Local Plan to try and vision the future over the next 25 or so years.

“There is still a long way to go, but if these plans can be delivered then the development has the potential to bring over 2,000 high value jobs to the region over the next 25 years, with many of these being in  ICT, health and medical technologies, and energy technology, fields in which Keele University is already a world leader.

"Plus, it is anticipated that hundreds of further jobs will be created in the construction of the new housing and community buildings over the lifetime of the development.”

Philip Atkins, the Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “This is an ambitious plan which creates housing and employment opportunities and plays an important part in the Keele Deal.

“The plan complements development and business growth on the science and innovation park which continues at pace. It is good news for the whole of Staffordshire.”

The Borough Council’s Cabinet will discuss the matter on 19 September and the Council’s Scrutiny Committee will also feed comments back to Cabinet after they meet on 26 September.

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