THE BULLDOZERS have moved in at a former Stafford industrial site set to be transformed into a housing development.
Regeneration firm St Modwen started work on the derelict buildings at the for- mer Castle Works site in Castletown earlier this month.
Almost 200,000 sq feet of buildings, which have been targeted by vandals and trespassers, are being razed to the ground by East Midlands Demolition.
St Modwen was granted planning permission for residential development and up 80 new homes are set to be built, alongside an open space for the community and footpath and cycle route improvements.
David Dodge, senior residential development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to move forward with demolishing the industrial buildings at the Castleworks site in Stafford.
“The area has stood vacant for some considerable time and as such has become a magnet for vandalism and trespassing.
“By carrying out these essential works, we are making safe the area by the removal of buildings that have exceeded their life span and that pose a threat to anyone unlawfully entering the site.
“We have secured outline planning consent on the site already and following the completion of the demolition we intend to submit a detailed planning application in partnership with a national housebuilder.”
Stafford Borough Council refused planning permission in 2012 on the grounds the development was outside the borough’s residential development bound- ary.
But the application was allowed on appeal after the council was unable to demonstrate it had a five-year supply of housing development land.