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06.01.22 – Staffordshire Disability and Neurodivergent Survey, Planning Application for ‘Castle Car Park’

Written by on 6 January 2023

Local people in Staffordshire have just a couple of days left to respond to a survey on services for disabled and neurodivergent people in Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council and the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) are asking people how they can support them to live independent and fulfilling lives for as long as possible.

The survey is targeted at individuals with lived experience, their carers or family members and also any professional, organisation or employee coming into contact with disabled or neurodivergent people.

These views will be used to inform a new joint Staffordshire Disability and Neurodiversity Strategy, which will focus on helping people affected —whatever their age—to live their best lives.

People can give their views by completing the online survey on the Staffordshire County Council Website, but they only have until January 8 to do it.


Building work on a new 450-space multi-storey car park in Newcastle could begin in spring to pave the way for wider development in the town.

The car park development would underpin a £30 million regeneration of the Ryecroft area, with the blueprint for expansion including the building of a 100-bed hotel, 90 homes for over-55s and the headquarters of Aspire Housing.

It’s expected that up to 200 jobs could be created by the whole regeneration scheme, with another 319 indirect jobs supported in the supply chain.

The planning application is due to be submitted this month and, if approved, it is anticipated that the car park, which will be named Castle car park, would be completed in March 2024, complete with 40 electric vehicle charging points and 11 disability spaces.

Designs have already been drawn up by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s contractor and, should the planning application be approved, wider infrastructure works across the whole Ryecroft masterplan site would begin.