The Build It summit has marked the launch of a new approach to housing development in Stoke-on-Trent and provided an opportunity for developers to view sales particulars for specific sites and register their interest.
The breakfast event held at The Britannia Stadium on Monday October 15, saw commercial agents, house builders and professional service providers come together to find out more about the Council’s strategy for delivering successful residential development in Stoke-on-Trent. The strategy can be summed up as a ‘red-carpet’ approach with streamlined planning, a commitment to saying ‘yes’ to good development and tailored incentives.
Councillor Mohammed Pervez, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “We want to move Stoke-on-Trent forward to
become a truly successful city and we hope that by working together with developers we can achieve this.
“We are taking a different approach to other cities, instead of battening down the hatches we are opening the doors for business.”
Prime location sites available include the 4.2 acre Bridgewater site in the City Waterside location; the 10 acre Churchill site off Waterloo Road; and the Wellington Road sites which total 10.6 acres with existing access from Bucknall New Road.
Dave Bullock, managing director of regeneration specialist Compendium Living, said: “Stoke-on-Trent City Council
is a very proactive and helpful authority. The officers are willing to work with developers to make all the steps as simple
as possible. It is a breath of fresh air compared with other places.
“There is land available in this city in prime locations.
“I’m optimistic about the building industry, it has been a hard few years recently but there are signs that lenders are starting to be more realistic and change is taking place.”
The Mandate for Change was launched in July last year to transform Stoke-on-Trent into a great working city. It is based on four ‘pillars’: Making Stoke-on-Trent a great city to live; supporting and developing existing businesses; working with people to promote independence and healthy lives; and
making Stoke-on-Trent the place to bring business.
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