Stoke & Staffordshire

Newcastle-under-Lyme £60m retail project agreed

A proposed £60m retail-led scheme, creating up to 700 jobs, has been agreed by two Staffordshire councils.

Councillors in Newcastle-under-Lyme gave the go-ahead for officers to complete the joint freehold acquisition of a former Sainsbury's site with the county council as soon as possible.

Property in Liverpool Road, Newcastle, became vacant after Sainsbury's moved to a new store off the A34 last autumn.

The borough council said talks with the firm and county council were ongoing.

The county council would meet 75% of the cost and the borough council would fund the remaining 25%, the authorities said.

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