A consultation exercise so residents could have their say on controversial plans to bulldoze two Uttoxeter shopping precincts and the town's bus station to make way for housing has now finished.

More than 1,500 people signed a petition in February calling for the Uttoxeter Masterplan project to be shelved, claiming last year's consultation event was "inadequate".

The consultation was later extended this summer and this time there has been more than 650 responses.

Having been approved in December, the masterplan will see the town's bus station and part of the Maltings car park replaced by homes, with more built around the derelict Wheatsheaf pub site.

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It will also see the Maltings Shopping Centre demolished to make way for houses, along with a couple of large shop units, with the Trinity Centre replaced with more housing.

Uttoxeter town councillor Zdzislaw Krupski previously claimed the masterplan was not worthy of its name and would "devastate the town centre", adding it would leave the town centre at risk of demolition to make way for more housing.

Running for over seven weeks, the latest consultation invited the public to share their views and opinions on the masterplan and priority sites for regeneration. A variety of events, both in person and online, and a questionnaire survey have been used so people could have their say.

The results of the consultation are now being evaluated and will be made available to the public to view in due course, said a spokesman for planning authority East Staffordshire Borough Council. The results of consultation exercise will be used to inform the next steps for the masterplan and future regeneration of the town, he said.

Councillor George Allen, the council's deputy leader for regeneration and planning policy, said: “The consultation has only just closed but I am looking forward to the views of local residents. The council will be analysing all the responses and preparing a summary of findings. The Cabinet at the council will then consider the next steps taking this consultation into account.

“I’m very confident that as many people as possible have had the opportunity to take part in the consultation and I was encouraged to hear there have been in excess of 650 responses to the survey.”

Information on the Uttoxeter Masterplan and details of how to sign up to email updates is available on the council’s website: http://eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/burton-town-regeneration-programme/regeneration/uttoxeter-masterplan

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