Leek based ctd architects have successfully gained outline planning approval for their client to redevelop a disused town centre site.

Outline planning permission has been given for two residential blocks of 10 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom apartments with associated parking on land at High Street, Leek.

Patrick Redmond, Architect Director, said “ctd architects are really pleased that as an outcome of close working relations and collaboration with SMDC planning officers, a very appropriate and elegant design solution was achieved for which the SMDC planning committee have granted outline planning permission. Our client will now be in a position to market the site to interested property developers who can deliver the proposal, further contributing to Leek’s ongoing regeneration.”

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning applications committee gave the go-ahead last week for the site, which has been vacant since 2003.

It was acquired in 2004 by Moorlands Housing, who never advanced plans for the site. The current applicant, Adam Bailey, purchased the site in 2016.

 

Leek Town Council recommended approval and the highways authority raised no objections to the scheme.

A report by planning officer Jane Curley said: “This is an outline application also seeking approval of access.

“The proposal seeks consent for 26 units.

“The illustrative layout indicates two three storey blocks, one fronting High Street containing 17 one and two-bed units and a second block fronting Strangman Street of nine one and two bedroom units. Nineteen car parking spaces are shown to be accommodated within the site, 12 of which are within an undercroft car park off Strangman Street. There are seven surface spaces accessed from High Street.”

Architect Patrick Redmond said: “There are 26 open market apartments for sale or rent planned.” The vacant site is an eyesore in Leek and has been vacant for more than 10 years. “It is well designed and fits in well with Leek town centre.” It will bring much needed open market houses,” said Mr Redmond.

Councillor Mike Gledhill said: “This is a pleasing development. It meets housing for the young people to get on the ladder. “This is an excellent development. “It is good for the street site and will be a boost to the town centre businesses.”

Councillor Jim Davies said: “The room sizes are reasonable. “You see them squeezed in tight, but these are a good size.”

Councillor Paul Roberts said he would like to see security for the parking. He said: “Some security would stop people going in off the street which could stop residents from parking.”

Councillors voted 10 to one in favour of approval.