Staffordshire Borough and Stowe by Chartley Parish Councillors visit to Grindley Business Village

Located at Grindley on the main A518 Stafford to Uttoxeter Road approximately 9 miles to the north east of Stafford and 5 miles to the south west of Uttoxeter, Grindley Business Village provides a rural enterprise centre now home to a number of thriving mixed use commercial tenants.

Owner and Grindley resident Mr Steven Hughes’ initial £2.5m investment in the site along with its development over the last 4 years has proven a great success with the business village currently 100% occupied and accommodating tenants which include Nelsons Gin, Lanes for Drains and Countryman Fairs Ltd to name just a few. The business village has generated in excess of 300 jobs within its attractive and well located setting benefitting from the sites 100mbps uncontested leased line internet connection, a must for modern and agile businesses wherever they are based never mind in such a rural community.

Mr Hughes’ success as a commercial landlord at Grindley is however a relatively recent one with his personal and family history lying elsewhere within the specialist field of dismantling decommissioned fossil fuel power plants such as the one previously sited at Meaford nr. Stone and Ferrybridge. (pictured below).








Working with the family business, Tony Cox (Dismantlers) Limited purchased the site at Meaford some 20 years ago from National Power, decommissioned, dismantled and then cleared the site before selling on to developers. The site now sees the more recently developed Meaford Business Park in situ currently with modern purpose built commercial premises now available for let or purchase. In total Tony Cox (Dismantlers) Limited handled the dismantling and clearing of 15 such fossil fuel power generating sites throughout the UK.

It is this notable transition from dealing with decommissioned and dated technology to owning and developing Grindley Business Village which stands out, especially when the further development of the only on-site (Anaerobic Digestion) power plant currently in Staffordshire providing off grid power to the Business Village is taken into account.

As seen from the aerial photograph below the AD power plant has been developed following a further £10m investment into the site which lies adjacent to Grindley Business Village. Marking a clear transition from fossil fuelled technology to sustainable green energy generation the plant is maze fed and once fully operational will supply the tenants of the commercial units with as much electricity and heat as they require, all off national grid and environmentally generated.








Both the parish councillors from Stowe by Chartley and Mr Richard Lawrence, Head of Development at Stafford Borough Council said they enjoyed their tour of the AD plant and business village and were impressed with the development achieved to date. Mr Hughes was more than happy to answer all questions relating to the AD plant and Mr Ian Cotterill MRICS (Associate Director with Louis Taylor Limited) who have advised Mr Hughes in relation to commercial property and handled lettings on site since the concept was conceived fielding queries relating to the business village and the tenants in situ.

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