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Land earmarked for future use

Land made available by a scheme to concentrate public services in one place has been earmarked for a school extension and housing.

The former Seabridge Centre, in Roe Lane, Newcastle, is no longer needed after services using it were recently transferred to the new Castle House in the centre of Newcastle.

Now it’s being proposed that the six acre site be divided, with one part reserved for the future expansion of the adjoining Seabridge Primary School and the remainder used for housing.

Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet for Commercial, said:

Focusing several local services under one roof at Castle House is boosting central Newcastle and making services more efficient.

And by using the vacated land in this way we can ensure there is space held in reserve to expand the excellent local school when necessary and help meet demand for housing in the area.”

The application for outline planning permission to demolish the existing, mainly three-storey building and build approximately 60 homes will be submitted to Newcastle Borough Council in due course.

Before that a display detailing the plans will be on show to the public on Wednesday, November 28th from 3.45pm to 7.45pm at Seabridge Primary School for comment and feedback.

Mark Deaville added:

Using county council assets this way not only helps the local community but makes the best use of our resources so we can continue investing in Staffordshire’s future.”

Built in 1961 the Seabridge Centre was used for many years as a training centre for teachers, until it was no longer needed.

Castle House, facing Queens Gardens in the centre of Newcastle, opened in July and is home to services for the county council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire Police and Aspire Housing, as well as the base for the town centre library and Register Office.

By focusing multiple services in one new, environmentally-friendly four-storey building rather than several ageing ones, it’s calculated that Castle House will save £40 million in running and maintenance costs over its lifetime, as well as boosting the town centre’s daytime economy by focusing more workers in one place.