Green light for student accommodation

Published: Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has given the green light to plans for more than 100 student apartments.

M&T Wakefield Properties has been granted outline planning permission for a development on land off Leek Road, opposite the junction of Cromer Road. The 0.7 acre site, once occupied by a warehouse and petrol station which have been demolished, would be transformed with a four-storey, 119 flat development under the plans. The scheme would include communal space, on-site parking and cycle storage.

The council’s planning committee agreed the application at a meeting this morning (15 August).

Cllr Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “This is another proposed development which highlights how investors are looking at Stoke-on-Trent in a positive light and are excited by what is happening here. There are real opportunities for the investment market.

“We’ve seen a number of student accommodation developments come forward recently. Having high-quality accommodation will only make Staffordshire University and the colleges in our city more attractive to potential students, and having more students in one place boosts footfall for local businesses, in addition to offering a far greater skills base for all employers.”

With outline permission granted, the developer will have to submit more precise details around appearance, landscape and access in future applications. As part of the planning permission, the council would secure a financial contribution of £100,000 from the developer to go towards improving facilities at Bucknall Park and/or Abbey Fields.

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