CLEARANCE work has been taking place on several sites earmarked for development in Uttoxeter town centre. Plans are in the pipeline for new homes and two new supermarkets on the edge of the town centre. And work to prepare the land for eventual building has been underway during the recent dry weather.
What appeared to be clearance works at Brookside Business Park prompted some observers to question where current businesses on the site would move to.
Long-standing Uttoxeter business the MJ Barrett Group is remaining on the business park.
Owner Malcolm Barrett, said: “We are a Uttoxeter-based company and always will be. We have just decided to move our offices and workshop to another part of the site. Our address and phone numbers have not altered.”
A new Lidl supermarket is planned at Brookside Business Park, replacing the current store in Town Meadows Way.
A spokesman for Lidl confirmed work was due to start on the site in the next couple of months with a view to opening this winter.
The appearance of a cabin on the former Bamford Works in Pinfold Street sparked some speculation on Facebook as to whether work was due to start on the land.
Plans submitted by JCB for 148 homes, a town park and re-naturalisation of the Picknalls Brook have yet to be granted full permission by East Staffordshire Borough Council.
A spokesman for the digger giant said: “The planning committee resolved to grant outline planning consent in April 2019 and we are currently engaged in discussions with developers about the future of the site.
“In the meantime, we are maintaining the area and have recently undertaken weed clearance work to keep it as tidy as possible.
“The brook will be a very important part of the town park, which is planned as part of this scheme.”
Residents in the town also spotted some apparent clearing of the ground off Old Knotty Way and Bridge Street, which could become a new Aldi supermarket if planning permission is granted. A spokesman for the supermarket chain said the site was still going through the planning process.
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