Moneystone Park will deliver the following key benefits:
1. Sustaining the local economy
Moneystone Park is conveniently located near to other local attractions. Moneystone Park will provide a boost to the Staffordshire economy. With visitors spending more money in the area, this is expected to have significant spin-off economic benefits for retailers, pubs, restaurants and other service providers.
Staffordshire attracts over 24 million visitors annually, of which just 7% stay overnight. By promoting a range of overnight and short stay holiday options for visitors, Moneystone Park will provide another opportunity to retain tourist spend in the area.
3. New jobs
Around 250 new full time equivalent jobs could be created at the site, plus new jobs during construction and a further 78 indirectly within the local area. This would help to replace those jobs lost when the quarry closed. As an example of rural regeneration, the development will also help to diversify the range of jobs on offer in the local community.
4. New high-quality facilities open to the community
The proposed development will provide a range of new facilities which the local community would have the opportunity to use, reducing the need to travel further afield. Facilities include:
- A farm shop
- Bar and restaurant
- Pool, spa and gym
- An accessible and varied indoor and outdoor leisure offer
The Moneystone Park project will deliver new footpath, cycle and bridleway connections for community use.
6. A sustainable proposal
Moneystone Park will aim to protect and enhance the local wildlife and ecology on the site. In addition:
- Careful placement of lodges and landscape planting will ensure that views into the site will be almost completely unaffected.
- Lodges will be manufactured off-site to minimise waste generation, construction activity and noise on-site.
- The onsite generation of electricity from the recently constructed solar farm will offset any consumption of electricity by the leisure development.
- The local environment will be carefully managed for the benefit of flora and fauna in the long term.