Work is to begin within weeks on a much-anticipated £15 million retail development in the heart of Burntwood, Staffordshire.

LCP, one of the UK’s leading commercial property and investment companies, has been given the go ahead to develop the site of the former Olaf Johnson factory site, Cannock Road.

Nick Burgess, managing director of LCP, which is based in Pensnett, West Midlands, said he was pleased that it could begin work on developing the 68,000 sq ft retail park, comprising a minimum of nine units and a drive-through along with approximately 300 car parking spaces.

“Putting these long-awaited plans into action signifies a very exciting start to 2018,” he said. “We are looking forward to starting construction of this scheme, which will be a real boost for the Burntwood community and a significant investment for LCP.

“We’ve worked very closely with Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire County Council and Burntwood Town Council to ensure our plans match their vision for a retail scheme that adds to the town’s vibrancy and now we are looking forward to seeing the diggers on site.”

Work is expected to start in February, with an anticipated completion date at the end of 2019. No anchor tenants have yet been confirmed but talks are at an advanced stage with a number of parties. Nick said building work will not affect local residents on the nearby Chase Terrace housing development because access roads are already in place.