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Demolition work set for approval on five former sheltered housing schemes in Stoke-on-Trent

Published: Tuesday, 10th January 2023

Work is progressing to demolish five former sheltered housing schemes in Stoke-on-Trent.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council decommissioned the five sites as part of a Sheltered Housing Review, approved in November 2018, which ruled they were not fit for the future.

The sites – which are all empty - are:

• Doris Robinson Court, Viscount Walk, Meir;

• Lady Bennett Court, Grosvenor Street, Longton;

• Lily Gertrude Simister Court, Wesley Street, Tunstall;

• Newhouse Court, Newhouse Road, Abbey Hulton;

• Union Court, Union Street, Hanley.

The city council is set to approve plans to progress with the demolition during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday 17 January.

The 12-month programme of work will be funded by £1.3 million of existing funds from the city council’s HRA Account.

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “It is our responsibility to make sure our residents have access to safe and well-maintained homes.

“We have already invested significantly in our housing stock to develop supported accommodation that best meets the needs of local people, and we will continue to do this for the future.

“These five sites are all vacant and, if they are not demolished, they will likely become a target for anti-social behaviour, vandals and fly-tippers which will mean having to find the money for repairs and increased security measures.

“The longer-term redevelopment of these schemes will have a positive impact on local neighbourhoods.”

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Housing Development Team is now assessing the future potential of each of the five sites with a view to bringing them forward for development or disposal.

Since November 2018, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has built and developed a number of updated sheltered housing schemes such as the £8.7 million, 57-room QEII development in Fenton and the recently completed 65-room Rialto Court in Fenton, which cost £11 million.

Work has also started on a 114-room, £20 million scheme in Heathfield Road in Chell Heath which is due for completion in 2024.

To view the latest cabinet paper visit: Browse meetings - Cabinet | Stoke on Trent City Council