Major mixed development proposed for redundant Newton House site

NEWTON House, on the outskirts of Leek, has been identified as a site suitable for mixed residential and commercial development.

The landmark building, on Birchall, was the original head office of the Britannia Building Society, but it is now redundant following the society’s merger eight years ago with the Co-op Bank, which now operates from the newer building directly opposite across the A520.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s local plan proposes 179 homes be built on the Newton House site and one sixth of the land is devoted to employment use.

The document identifying the council’s preferred options states: “This 9.27 hectare brownfield site provides an opportunity to comprehensively redevelop for mixed residential and commercial purposes.

The council considers this could yield at least 5.25 hectares for residential use – about 179 dwellings – and at least 1.5 hectares of employment land.

The nature and location of the employment uses across the site would need to take into account the amenity of the adjacent housing.”

The district local plan will guide how 6,000 homes, along with employment sites and other facilities, will be delivered across the Moorlands by 2031.

Changes have been made to original plan after more than 8,600 residents were asked for their views last year. Fewer homes will be built on greenbelt land.

The public consultation period ends next month and the final local plan will be published in February, before being submitted to the Government in June.