Derelict town centre site in Market Drayton set to be transformed

Sanctuary Group is celebrating the start of work at its Stafford Street development in Market Drayton, a project promising to completely transform the town centre site.

Working closely with Shropshire Council and construction specialist Seddon, the leading housing and care provider is developing the site in Stafford Street to create 18 affordable new homes.

The buildings on the site, located right in the heart of historic Market Drayton, have stood derelict for many years but have now been demolished ready for work to begin. The £2million project, which includes investment from the Homes and Communities Agency, will comprise 15 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom apartments. Sixteen of these will be completely new homes while two will be refurbished properties, with frontages on to Stafford Street. All will be made available on an affordable rental basis.

As well as helping to regenerate Market Drayton town centre and provide much-needed new homes, Sanctuary’s housing development will also create job and training opportunities through the construction process.

To celebrate this, Sanctuary held a ground-breaking ceremony at the Stafford Street site on Tuesday 1 April.

Local partners joined Sanctuary and Seddon at the Festival Drayton Centre where the plans for the new scheme were on display and then walked over to Stafford Street to see the site first-hand. Councillor John Cadwallader, Shropshire Council’s local member for Market Drayton East, was invited to dig the first spade to formally mark the start of construction.

Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary’s head of development for the Midlands, said:

“Our development in Stafford Street is set to deliver much-needed new homes for Market Drayton as well as employment opportunities on site as the build is underway. It will also make a huge difference to the town centre itself, with unsightly derelict buildings being replaced with a range of high quality new and refurbished homes, sympathetically designed to complement the market town location.”

Cllr Mal Price, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for the built environment, said:

“The regeneration of the site is a great moment for the town. The opportunity to bring the historic area back into use with this investment was a significant one – rather than leaving the area to slide further out of use, we can now help Market Drayton look to future.”

Cllr John Cadwallader, Shropshire Council’s local member for Market Drayton East, said:

“It’s very satisfying to see construction begin on this town centre regeneration project. Market Drayton welcomes the £2m investment by Sanctuary and government funding through the Homes and Communities Agency, adding to the housing choices for the people of Market Drayton.”

Ian Calder, Regional Manager from Seddon, said:

“Our team is excited to be working on this latest scheme for Sanctuary creating much needed new build affordable homes in Market Drayton. In line with our commitment to deliver benefits for the whole community in the areas where we work, the Stafford Street redevelopment is also helping the overall regeneration of the area by providing valuable work and training opportunities for local people.”