Lichfield councillors approve Rugeley Power Station masterplan

By Jordan Reynolds | Rugeley | News | Published:

Councillors unanimously approved a masterplan to transform Rugeley Power Station into 2,300 homes, housing for the elderly, commercial buildings and a primary school.

The site surrounding Rugeley Power Station which is set to be transformed

Lichfield District Council gave the outline plan the green light on Monday, but Cannock Chase District Council is set to discuss the plans tomorrow, as the site lies on both boundaries.

The news comes after the first stages of the demolition of the former power station have taken place, while the other main structures, including boiler house, chimney and cooling towers are scheduled for controlled collapse through 2020 and the complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.

Plans were announced for a mixed-use development at the end of 2018 - transforming the site into an entirely new sustainable and smart community.

Rugeley A power station opened in 1961 while Rugeley B power station, which provided enough electricity to power around half a million homes, followed nine years later.

There were plans to convert the power station to run on biomass fuel in 2012 but they were never carried out.

The plans say that construction is estimated to begin this year and to carry on until 2040.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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