Residents are being asked for their views on plans to regenerate some long-term derelict land by building high-quality supported housing.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council wants to build 118 one and two-bedroom apartments on the land in Chell Heath, providing supported accommodation mainly for older people. There would also be communal and activity areas, a café and residents’ parking.
If planning permission is granted, work could start on the Chell Heath Road site next summer and is expected to take two years to complete. Funding would be provided by the Housing Revenue Account capital programme and an anticipated grant from Homes England.
The development site is made up of council-owned land at Chell Heath Local Centre, which would be relocated, and the former Heathfield School.
Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “It’s a very exciting time for housing in Stoke-on-Trent at the moment, as we deliver on our promises to provide quality housing for our residents at all stages of life.
“This development would provide brand new, supported accommodation for those who need it, and by bringing vacant sites back into use, we are showing that the city is growing and the development potential is being realised.
“It’s really important to us that we hear what residents think about these ambitious plans, and I would encourage everyone to take part in the consultation.”
Jim Gibson, chairman of Chell Heath Residents' Association, said: “The proposed housing development plan for Chell Heath is positive news and can only give the area a much needed uplift.”
People can submit their views about the plans online until October 24. There is also a drop-in session being held at 461-463 Chell Heath Road tomorrow between 2pm and 7pm.
Call the press office on 01782 232265.