A £40m Great British Kitchens scheme in Stafford, in the West Midlands, has won planning permission.

The college's plans on the St George's hospital site includes leisure, retail hotel and cookery college facilities.

It has received planning permission for 14,000 sq m of food and kitchen-related facilities.

It will include restaurants, an Eating History visitor attraction, hotel and banqueting, the British Cookery College and a Food in Art Gallery.

It is expected to open in 2003.