Award-winning developer Crest Nicholson has secured planning permission for the latest phase of a Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) at Branston Locks, Burton-On-Trent, in the beautiful county of Staffordshire, in the centre of England. This phase of the development will feature 284 new homes, and is part of a wider scheme being delivered by multiple developers, to provide a total of 2500 homes, alongside commercial, educational and leisure facilities.


The development is a greenfield parcel within a larger development site named Branston Locks, which was allocated for a Sustainable Urban Extension in the adopted East Staffordshire Borough Council Local Plan. Outline planning consent was subsequently obtained by Nurton Developments in 2015 for the erection of up to 2500 homes, employment floor space, a local centre with retail floor space, healthcare and associated community uses, a residential care home of up to 160 bed spaces, a pub/restaurant, a primary school, and a hotel of up to 80 rooms.


The latest phase, being delivered by Crest Nicholson Midlands, delivers a range of 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom homes, which will include 22 affordable Shared Ownership properties, as well as public open space with a play area, and walking and cycling links through the development to the wider SUE.


Tim Brickley, Managing Director at Crest Nicholson Midlands, commented: “We are proud to have been granted planning permission to provide high-quality housing within a development that will create a sustainable community in a great location in the Midlands area.”


Ian Willicombe, Development Partner at Nurton Developments, added: “We welcome the opportunity to have another quality house builder on board at Branston Locks, delivering much needed new homes in Staffordshire as part of a sustainable, flagship scheme for Nurton Developments, creating a vibrant, well connected new community offering jobs and access to green open spaces and new amenities.”


The SUE will also include vehicular access connections from Branston Road and Shobnall Road, green infrastructure comprising public open space, structural landscaping, sustainable urban drainage basins and associated drainage, as well as sports and recreation facilities.


Staffordshire offers residents access to a range of fun activities as it is within close proximity to the likes of Alton Towers and Peak District. The town is centrally located, with great commuter links to major cities such as Manchester and Birmingham. The M6 runs through the centre of the county and connects it to the rest of the UK by road, while there are several train stations in Stoke, Stafford, Lichfield Trent Valley and Rugeley Trent Valley running high-speed, nationwide services. For those looking to travel internationally, Birmingham, East Midlands and Manchester airports are within easy reach.


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