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2,300 homes proposed for former Rugeley Power Station site

Thursday, June 6th, 2019 6:00am

By Jenny Bonson & Kerry Ashdown, Local Democracy Reporter @newsjenny

Hundreds of new homes could be built on the site of the former Rugeley Power Station.

2,300 houses and a primary school are amongst the plans that have been submitted to Cannock Chase Council and Lichfield District Council, because the site is within both districts.

The power station closed in 2016 and demolition work started in February.

Last year site owner Engie revealed plans for the future use of the 139 hectare (343.48 acre) site.

Now a planning application has been put forward, proposing up to five hectares (12.34 acres) of employment space, 1.2 hectares (2.97 acres) of “mixed use” land, public open space and new roads as well as homes and a school. 

A design statement submitted as part of the application said: “The site is uniquely positioned to benefit from, support and help sustain what Rugeley and Brereton already have to offer. Redevelopment will create new pedestrian, cycle and vehicular links into the site – which has historically been fenced off with limited access.

“Developing the site’s natural assets into public amenities and providing a variety of new sports facilities will draw town residents to the site. Likewise, the town centre will attract the development’s residents to use the existing businesses and facilities.

“With land identified within the proposal for employment uses and proposed mixed uses, the development seeks to support and uplift the economy of the town providing opportunities for innovation and growth.

“The proposal is for a mixed-use development with a new primary school, employment uses, housing for the elderly, community facilities including healthcare uses and up to 2,300 new homes. A new neighbourhood centre will meet the everyday needs of the people living and working there as well as serving nearby parts of the town.

“It is envisaged that approximately 25 hectares of land along the River Trent will become a natural riverside park which new residents as well as the residents of the town will be able to access.”

Engie has previously revealed that low-carbon homes are proposed for the site and at least 30% are set to be affordable. The site could be entirely maintained by green and renewable energy, up to 50% of which could be generated on site.

The application follows a community consultation period that took place between November 2018 and April 2019.

If planning permission is granted for the outline application – and more detailed plans put forward at a later stage – construction could start in 2020 and continue to 2040 with development taking place in stages, the design and access statement said.

It added: “It is anticipated that the western part of the site would be developed first along with the potential pedestrian and cycle link along the existing freight railway spur. This will provide access and an opportunity to open up the riverside park to the community.

“Supported by a western section of the primary route, this centre will have the capacity to accommodate a primary school, healthcare facility as well as convenience, some retail, and sports facilities.

“The second phase will see the eastern part of the site come forward with the community focus being one of leisure and tourism.

“The last phase is the connecting piece of the development, tying the two areas of community focus with ‘Rugeley Social’ – the development’s remainder of formal sports provision, and new neighbourhoods surrounding it. The primary route boulevard will then be a complete route through the site accommodating vehicular, pedestrian and cycle routes, as well as the potential for a bus route.

“This new connectivity will encourage new employment areas at the centre of the site to come forward thus completing the vision for the site, bit by bit, phase by phase, to unfold the whole vision.”

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