Council’s affordable homes plan to transform derelict land

Published: Thursday, 24th May 2018

A site that has been derelict for more than 10 years is to be brought back into use with new affordable housing after councillors agreed to develop the land.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet has approved plans that will see undeveloped land in Norfolk Street in Shelton transformed into high quality social housing to meet the needs of local residents. In total, 26 apartments and houses will be built on the land, subject to planning permission.

Councillor Randy Conteh, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “This is exciting news. We know there are a number of sites in the city that have historically been undeveloped. But we have ambitious housing growth plans across Stoke-on-Trent, and it is great to see this work paying off.

“By bringing vacant sites back into use, we are showing that the city is growing and the development potential is being realised.”

Norfolk Street is located close to the Pyenest Street Housing Zone site in the Hanley Park and Shelton ward of the city.

The development site has been vacant for a number of years and is close to residential properties as well as being next to Shelton Primary Care Centre.

It is one of a number of redundant sites across the city that are being brought back into use. The city council recently secured £10 million from the Government’s Housing Investment Fund to make nine vacant sites in Burslem development-ready, and work is already under way on several Housing Zone sites, where properties have not only been built but are occupied by families making homes in good quality housing.

Councillor Conteh added: “The latest population projections by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people living in the city is expected to rise to 255,800 by 2020. We need more affordable homes to meet that demand.

“In Hanley Park and Shelton, we know there is a clear need for one-bedroom apartments and three or four-bedroom houses. This scheme will help to meet this need. Meeting the demand is even more important as the number of council properties is reducing through people taking advantage of the Government’s Right to Buy scheme.

“Developing this site off Norfolk Street will be good news for two reasons. We can address the housing demand, and also improve the appearance of the area.

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