Development at former Rugeley Power Station site back on track

A 2,300-home development at the former Rugeley Power Station site is moving forward, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

An artist's impression of the proposed development
An artist's impression of the proposed development

Developers Engie UK are currently continuing demolition work at the the 'low carbon development' which also includes plans for business units and a school.

An amended planning application, which includes Staffordshire’s first all-through school, is set to be considered by Cannock Chase Council and Lichfield District Council.

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Engie UK has commissioned Keele University as one of several partners to collaborate on a Rugeley-wide energy system innovation.

Professor Chris Fogwill, director of Keele’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, said: “The Smart Local Energy System has the potential to significantly drive the UK forward towards a zero-carbon future, and Keele University is ideally placed to support this landmark initiative.

“Our research into smart and sustainable energy is already leading the way, providing unique test beds for the development of new equipment, techniques and energy sources, all of which will inform the design of the new energy systems in Rugeley.”

The new homes will be complemented by numerous open space areas and Engie UK has been working with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency in drawing up the plans.

The former Rugeley Power Station site

There will also be trails for running, walking and cycling, in addition to sports facilities including cricket, hockey, tennis and football pitches.

A new Riverside Park will be created and the site’s Borrow Pit Lake is planned to be used for a variety of water sports. The on-site employment zone will look to attract digital and tech companies as well as affordable workspace for small and medium-sized businesses.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, said: “This will be a tremendous development for our county and one of the first of its kind in the country. It will demonstrate innovation in a number of ways – low carbon, efficient and green.

“The old Rugeley Power Station site will be transformed into a modern and sustainable community with a focus on promoting healthy lifestyles.

"New industry on site will lead to the growth of our key sector businesses and creation of high-value jobs which is good news for Staffordshire people and our economy.

"Whilst we are rightly concentrating our efforts on getting through the Covid-19 crisis, we need to plan ahead in the long-term and this development will further our reputation as a great place to live.”

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