Stoke-on-Trent has been named one of the top 12 places for city living in Britain, as part of a nationwide listing.
The area is included in a feature by the Sunday Times newspaper, which looked for places which have a mix of cutting-edge culture, fine food, fabulous green spaces, a buzzing nightlife, and nearby available homes.
The Sunday Times praised the city’s canals, craft, community, housing developments, theatres, restaurants, nearby countryside, and its shortlisting for the 2021 UK City of Culture competition.
Stoke-on-Trent’s revived Cultural Quarter, excellent transport links, and comparatively low average house prices were some of the other positives mentioned in the national newspaper’s article.
It also says a key feature in Stoke-on-Trent’s success is the revitalisation of the potteries industry, with the city boasting famous names such as Emma Bridgewater, Wedgwood and Spode, as well as the renowned British Ceramics Biennial festival.
The Sunday Times list comes at a time when the iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper has opened at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. It will be on site until 16 September.
Recent weeks have also seen the city’s Gladstone Pottery Museum win a top Trip Advisor award, as well as the launch of a series of Summer in Stoke-on-Trent activities and the First World War commemoration events for Stoke Remembers.
Earlier this year the latest UK Cities House Price Index revealed that house prices in Stoke-on-Trent were rising by 7.4 per cent year-on-year – making it the sixth highest on increases when compared with 65 other cities. The number of properties is also set to improve, with the city council investing £55 million through its housing company Fortior Homes over three years to build 400 new homes.
The authority has also successfully bid for £10 million from the national Housing Infrastructure Fund to facilitate building around 1,100 new homes on nine derelict brownfield land sites in the Burslem area.
Last year Stoke-on-Trent was named the 11th best cultural place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times, while Money Supermarket ranked the city as the 10th best place to bring up a family. Stoke-on-Trent has also been ranked fourth in the country for employment growth by UK Powerhouse – City Growth Tracker.
City council leader Councillor Ann James said: “The latest list in the Sunday Times highlights, to a national audience, what we already know is happening in our great city – Stoke-on-Trent is going places.
“Investment, innovative thinking, and significant improvements in areas such as housing and education have all led to a renewed sense of confidence and ambition in the city. We’re full of optimism and excitement about what the future will bring.
“You only have to look around Stoke-on-Trent to see the landmark regeneration schemes taking place. We’ve had the fantastic news of the prestigious hotel brand Hilton bringing a four-star Garden Inn to the city centre. Also, the first show homes have recently been unveiled on the site of Stoke City’s former Victoria Ground stadium. And those are just a couple of examples.
“These are exciting times. Stoke-on-Trent is consistently out-performing many other parts of the UK and has been mentioned several times in national lists such as this one. The Sunday Times is right – Stoke-on-Trent is a fantastic place for city living - Stoke-on-Trent is on the up.”
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