Stoke-on-Trent City Council's cabinet has agreed plans to negotiate the sale of the Slater Street site to Sanctuary Group and developer ID4Living, part of the Seddon Group for a mixed-tenure development. Sanctuary, a leading housing and care provider, is expected to deliver approximately 140 new properties in the area subject to obtaining planning permission for the development.
Sanctuary will also offer care services as part of the extra care experience but it is up to the individual resident whether they use those on offer or access an alternative package to suit their needs.
If approved, the project will see around £18m of private and public sector money invested in the Middleport area.
The design of the development will seek to make the best use of the canal-side frontages while also reflecting the industrial heritage of the area.
This increase in older people’s accommodation in the city is in-line with Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s strategies
for housing for those aged over 65.
The documents “Ageing Well, Living Well” and “Older People’s Housing and Accommodation Strategy” both state the need for more homes for older people by 2015 as the 65 years and over section of the population is predicted to increase by 16 per cent by 2015.
The Slater Street development proposed and outlined by Sanctuary would significantly reduce the gap in provision.
The current proposal involves -
• An 80 unit development providing housing for older people, of which 20 units will be for sale through a shared ownership operated by Sanctuary.
• And 62 family homes, with more than half for sale on the open market by developer ID4Living. The remainder will be available for rent through Sanctuary.
The development of the Slater Street site is also in line with the Mandate for Change aim to make Stoke-on-Trent a great place to live.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation said: “If the negotiations and the planning applications are successful this site will be regenerated to provide new, energy efficient homes.
“This is an exciting and ambitious development, providing housing for older people with identifiable needs and also addressing a shortfall in the City. The investment of around £18m in the Slater Street area will bring about this transformation.”
The Mandate for Change launched in July last year, is supported by more than 200 businesses across the city.
It is based on four ‘pillars’: making Stoke-on-Trent the place to bring business; supporting and developing existing businesses; working with people to promote independence and healthy lives; and making Stoke-on-Trent a great city to live in.
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