Plans for war memorial to be reinstated at housing site

Published: Monday, 28th January 2019

Residents are being encouraged to have their say about where a war memorial should be reinstated at a new housing development.

Developer St Modwen Homes wants to turn the former Royal Doulton Works, in Burslem, into an approximately 218-home housing development – helping to breathe new life in the town.

The Nile Street site is being brought back into use thanks to part of a £10 million Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) pot secured by Stoke-on-Trent City Council from the government. The authority is using the funding to transform nine long-standing vacant sites in the Burslem and Middleport areas, making them ready for development.

As part of St Modwen Homes’s plans for the Royal Doulton site – which are still in development – a war memorial that was once located at the factory will be replaced. The original memorial contained a list of former Doulton workers who died in the First and Second World Wars. This roll of honour will be replicated on the replacement memorial.

The city council is keen to ensure that residents are involved in deciding where this memorial should be situated.

Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “There’s a lot of confusion about what happened to this war memorial when the factory closed in 2005.

“St Modwen Homes has ambitious plans for the site, which we are looking forward to seeing develop. As part of those plans, they have agreed to replace the memorial.

“It is really important that local people are involved in the decision-making process about where it should be located on the site. A consultation event has already been held about the plans, but further events will be arranged in order to engage with as many people as possible.

“The development of this site is just one more piece of the jigsaw in terms of our commitment to housing growth and providing quality homes for all our residents.

“It is another sign of increased confidence and pride in the city and that Stoke-on-Trent really is on the up.”

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “It’s really exciting for the city that the plans for this site are developing.

“We look forward to seeing them progress, and encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the consultation process.”

Robin Smith, technical director at St Modwen Homes, said: “The reinstatement of the historic war memorial plays a key role in our delivery of this new residential scheme. We urge residents to tell Stoke-on-Trent City Council where they would like to see the memorial placed, so that we can support their wishes.”