Plans to create a ‘green’ regional office in Cannock for Veolia Environmental Services have been given the go-ahead.

The waste management company will take occupation of their new environmentally friendly offices at the Kingswood Lakeside site next summer after developer Opus received planning approval from Cannock Chase Council.

Opus will be investing nearly £7 million in the project which has been pre-let to Veolia Environmental on an 18-year term.

The new office will include environmental technologies including roof mounted solar panels which will provide the domestic hot water, a rainwater collection system which will be used to flush toilets and light sensors which will ensure the lights are only activated when the office is occupied. It is expected the building will achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

Jean-Dominique Mallet, chief executive officer for Veolia Environmental Services (UK) said: “We are delighted that our plans to make a long term commitment to the Staffordshire economy have been given the go ahead by the Council. We have been consulting with our staff and they are really looking forward to moving to the new environmentally friendly office.”

Gareth Williams, Opus development director, said: “We are delighted to have progressed this exciting project through the planning process with the cooperation of all concerned and are looking forward to starting on site shortly.”