The land had been designated in the Stone Neighbourhood Plan (SNP) as Local Green Space, however, the sale of the land before the plan is adopted will see the loss of approximately a third of the land to potentially a new housing or retail development.
Stafford Borough Council has said that cash raised from selling off the land on Tilling Drive will be earmarked for play and leisure facilities in the town. This includes improvement to the existing football pitch and changing rooms on the Tilling Drive site.
The borough council has recently consulted Stone residents, organisations and businesses on what they want to see in terms of play and leisure facilities at Westbridge Park. The consultation is part of a proposed almost £10m investment into facilities in Stone.
Proposals put forward for the Westbridge park include multi-use games area, skate park and new play equipment. A new leisure centre which brings swimming pool, gym and fitness studios under one roof in the town is already being constructed to replace the outdated facility at Westbridge Park.
Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning, said:
“By selling part of the land we will be able to invest in new facilities for Westbridge Park as well as making improvements to the changing facilities and football pitch on Tilling Drive.
“We are already making a large investment from our resources to deliver a brand new leisure centre and the Cabinet were all in agreement that the money realised from the sale of this land must go to benefit the leisure offer in Stone.”
Millar Sandy is handling the sale on behalf of the borough council stating that the land is “Suitable for housing development subject to planning consent or possibly suitable for retail development”
With the former Co-op empty and a significant amount of housebuilding already underway in Stone does Stone really need this additional development?
Details of the land for sale can be found on the Millar Sandy website here – Tilling Drive Land For Sale