Staffordshire is committed to areas of redevelopment for business and innovation. As regards redevelopment in the region in their recent history. In 2004 plans were released to create 5000 jobs in North Stafford. Its position was the Chatterley Valley, which is located near Tunstall. The area was classed as a brownfield site. It included an old coal mine and a gas works. Despite the failure of old industries there does seem to be the start of a rebirth.
As well as building a number of pubs and restaurants the plans were to attract a number of technological businesses. A wetlands park was also planned, creating a better place for people to live in.
The Ceramic Valley
As well as factories, offices and a park, a residential area is also planned.
Another brownfield site was looked at in 2015 for Stoke-On-Trent called the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, one of 24 such zones across the country planned that year. This was built near the A500 which is a main thoroughfare. This development promises 2.5 million pounds worth of development in the next ten years, though as with anything it depends on the economic situation and other political events.
This development above was related to the 2016 European City of Sport event. As this area will become linked to London by the HS2 it seems as if this is an area which in business terms their time has come. It is likely that more factories and businesses will move to this profitable region.
This makes excellent economic sense really. Business users can apply for business rate relief on selected zones. Businesses using the area include manufacture and logistics companies. The Chatterley Valley East region for instance is used for car manufacturing by Jaguar Land Rover and for enlarging the ceramics factory.
Perkins, who produce both gas and diesel engines for export intend to expand their current site and Gestamp, who like Land Rover also supply vehicles, are planning on starting a manufacturing plant here too. When many car factories are struggling these seem to be thriving.
The Stafford Gateway
In addition to this the Stafford Gateway has been unveiled this year. Offices, a conference centre and the hotel are also planned. This will cost 500 million to redevelop.
With the new railway development in North Staffordshire it seems this area will go from strength to strength. The area has had decades of being deprived so it about time that a change took place.