Major plans for Chatterley Whitfield site

Plans for a hi-tech jobs cluster on a landmark business park are moving closer.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is proposing feasibility studies into building a bespoke headquarters on a long-term rental for an international research company – and developing satellite industrial units nearby for associated businesses.

Penkhull-based Lucideon, which wants to expand its materials technology business, could be the flagship tenant at Chatterley Valley West, with other similar companies creating a technology ‘cluster’ at neighbouring units.

Stephen Sweeney, Deputy Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Cabinet member for Finance, Town Centres and Growth, said: “Lucideon is an internationally recognised leader in its field, looking to expand. Most of its 170 employees are scientists, engineers and experts in their specialisms and we want this company to grow in Newcastle.”

A report to be considered at the Council’s Cabinet next week says that developer Harworth usually builds generic units, rather than bespoke premises.

Now the authority wants to explore buying the 2.3 acre plot and completed building from Harworth, and then renting it to Lucideon on a long term basis.

At the same time the Council wants to investigate the feasibility of buying three smaller units at Chatterley Valley West and renting them to businesses involved in similar materials research and development.


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