Residents have more time to have a say in the plan for the Stafford station footbridge

Artist’s impression of what the Lakeside area could look like as part of the Stafford station footbridge development

Stafford Borough Council is seeking nearly £20m of government money from the Leveling Up Fund to transform a gateway to the county town.

A public consultation on the Stafford Station Gateway master plan for new homes, businesses, a hotel and leisure facilities will end on Thursday.

Around 100 participants attended a walk-in public session to see the plans and share their views with representatives from borough and county councils, project partner LCR – the government’s creative expert of places and regeneration.

Councilor Frances Beatty, Stafford’s patron of economic development and planning, said: ‘There have been many comments and responses to the consultation, and I would encourage anyone who wants to have a say to do so shortly. long before it closes.

“Growth and prosperity are key priorities for the board. We have attracted huge investment to our region by working closely with our partners – and the financial support we have received speaks to the confidence the government has in us to deliver major developments such as the Stafford Station Gateway project.

“This underutilized area will see the birth of a new community, with quality homes where people will want to live, as well as a business-friendly environment and leisure facilities, sitting on the doorstep of our station which will be a huge attraction for potential investors.

“The ‘Station Gateway’ program is another piece of the Stafford heart transformation puzzle and I hope people will not fail to participate in this consultation.”

The proposals focus on revitalizing underutilized brownfields around the station. The project would see the ‘Station Gateway’ become a thriving active community, boosted by the city’s location at the heart of the proposed HS2 route.

The major transformation includes proposals to create up to 20,000 square feet of retail space, as well as hundreds of new high-quality homes, a hotel and a multi-storey parking lot. The offering also provides opportunities for new leisure, retail and restaurant concepts to create a fresh and vibrant center for the community.

Residents and interested parties can still have their say online at staffordbc.gov.uk/stafford-station-gateway-consultation which includes a summary of the draft plan. The comments will be taken into account in the master plan which will be submitted to the council for final approval. The search for development partners to implement the proposals will begin when the plans are agreed.

A decision on the funding offer is expected later in the fall. If the bid is not successful, the council has previously said it should seek other sources of funding.

Some residents fear that a pond will be surrounded by houses, apartments and a road if the project goes through.