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New images show housing vision for Cannock factory site

By Jack Averty | Cannock | News | Published:

A vision for the future of the Gestamp Tallent site in Cannock has been revealed showing how the site could look once factories and offices are demolished paving the way for homes.

Gestamp Tallent wants to demolish its factory and offices off Wolverhampton Road to build 180 homes and 30,000 sq ft of industrial space as it prepares to move into a new £70 million base in Four Ashes.

But the car parts manufacturer wants to keep a presence in the town despite moving its operation to South Staffordshire and has put forward plans for its site.

Now artist’s impressions have been released showing how Gestamp’s site in Cannock could look, providing its plans are approved by Cannock Chase District Council planning chiefs later this year. The image above shows Wolverhampton Road running along the bottom of the picture with the homes in the centre and the industrial units at the top.

The road at the top is Watling Street with Availablecar.com sitting to the right and the existing sewage treatment works at the top left.

George Adamson, the leader of Cannock Chase District Council, said: “It is dissapointing Gestamp is moving out of Cannock but it is good to see the site will not be derelict and plans are in plcae to make sure it is put to good use. We would rather they stayed though.”

Ian Middleton, the UK chairman of Gestamp Tallent, told the Express & Star: “These plans are progressive rather than a drastic step. The facility will be used for residential and commercial which fits in with what we, the council and the site’s neighbours want to see.

“It will be progressive in the sense that realistically it will take two/three years. People will not see homes popping up in 12 months time.”

A report prepared by Gestamp for planning chiefs states: “The site is identified as being for suitable for development and principle of residential development should be supported.

“The site is previously developed land within the urban area of Cannock and its development for housing will contribute to the regeneration of the area."

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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