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Competition to settle fate of JCB site

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JCB CHAIRMAN Sir Anthony Bamford has called for the redevelopment of his factory site in the middle of Uttoxeter to meet the 'highest possible standards' as part of a competition for architects.

Rather than selling the site as seen to developers, Sir Anthony wants to be involved in the planning of a new residential and commercial development in the town where his family first set up business as blacksmiths in 1827.

He said: 'I'd like to be involved in deciding how the site is developed and would like to see a Royal Institute of British Architects competition.'

The existing JCB Heavy Products factory is set to move to a purpose-built building next to its World Parts Centre, off the A50.