Ambitious masterplan would help rejuvenate Moorlands town

A NEW masterplan has been tabled that would help to rejuvenate a Staffordshire Moorlands town.

It includes plans for more than 100 new homes in the centre of Cheadle and a 'wellness and leisure' hub.'

The hub would replace the town's community hospital and leisure centre, which would be demolished to make way for the ambitious scheme.

The masterplan report states that increased town centre living, and a central hub for public services, would drive up town centre footfall, "providing a lifeline to beleaguered high street businesses."

Town mayor Ian Plant said: "Anything that will regenerate the town has to be welcomed at the moment.

"Bringing everything onto one central location to draw people in could work. Towns are struggling when they have everything separate.

But he warned: "Cheadle will probably be getting more houses, but we need the infrastructure as well. The roads are already too busy.

"I don't know how soon these plans will go ahead. But we really need something to start happening in the next 12 months."

Cheadle missed out in the first round of the Government's Future High Street Fund, although it is one of 14 pilot areas set to receive 'bespoke expert advice' from the High Streets Task Force.

A Cheadle Town Centre Projects Delivery Board is being set up by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, which will oversee both the masterplan and the task force pilot.

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