JCB has agreed in principle to sell two acres of its 22-acre site to the retailer. Subject to final planning consent, Waitrose will build a 2,800m2 store and is aiming to open before the end of next year. Construction of housing elsewhere on the site could begin this year.
JCB chairman Lord Bamford said: “The proposed Waitrose store is a major step forward in the redevelopment of the former JCB Heavy Products site. It will act as a catalyst for the implementation of the wider development which will include a park and high quality housing.
“It is and always has been my intention that this development leaves a legacy to Uttoxeter given my family’s long association with the town and this site in particular. While recent economic circumstances mean it has taken longer to advance than I would have liked, I’m delighted that the scheme is now moving forward in a way that will eventually contribute to the wider renaissance of Uttoxeter.”
The new store would be built on stilts with car parking underneath. There would also be surface level car parking at the rear along with a service area.
Production at the old Heavy Products site finished in 2008 and the factory relocated to a new £40m site next to the A50 in Uttoxeter.
Lord Bamford instigated a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) design contest to ensure the redevelopment is of “the highest possible standard”. London-based McDowell & Benedetti was selected as the winner and drew up plans for the 22-acre site which include housing, retail and commercial. There will be 257 new houses built on the site and it is hoped that construction work on some of the properties will begin later this year.
Lord Bamford’s family started out in business as blacksmiths in Uttoxeter in the 1820s. The Pinfold Street site has been linked to manufacturing from as early as 1871 when the Bamfords opened for business as an agricultural machinery maker