Plans to build 135 new, high quality homes in a Stoke-on-Trent town have been given the green light – with work due to start this summer.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council wants to develop two sites in Fenton as part of a wider investment in the area.
The two council-owned sites are the former Workshop site – previously known as the ‘Stoke Workshop for the Blind and Disabled’ – and the local centre and car park, off City Road.
Alongside the £8 million new-build scheme currently under construction at the sheltered housing complex Queen Elizabeth II Court, these plans would see an additional £17 million invested into Fenton. Funding would be provided by the Housing Revenue Account capital programme and an anticipated grant from Homes England.
Permission has now been granted for the development following consultation with residents and local businesses.
The plans include the part-demolition of the former Workshop, which has been empty since 2013, and the building of an apartment block of approximately 65 homes for supported accommodation – mainly for older people – as well as a mixture of 28 two and three-bedroom family homes at the entrance to the site. The existing frontage of the main Workshop building would be preserved.
The second site currently contains the council’s local centre and a car park that hosts the weekly Fenton outdoor market. The local centre will be demolished, with services relocated to the refurbished town hall on Baker Street. A new public car park will be provided in this area, which will host the traders on market day.
Two apartment blocks providing 42 homes with private parking are to be built on the site. They have been designed so people on City Road would still be able to see through to the market and the cenotaph in Albert Square.
The first phase of the work is scheduled for completion in summer 2021.
Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “We’re delighted that planning permission has been granted for these two sites to be developed in Fenton. We are committed to investing in all of our towns and supporting housing growth across the city.
“These new homes will offer a choice of housing, with proposals for a modern supported housing scheme largely for older people, family homes, and contemporary apartments. And moving the local centre into the refurbished town hall – a building that has become an important community hub – will increase footfall and add to the building’s significance as a resource for local people.
“Housing growth is at the heart of the city’s journey to economic independence, and making sure we have the right sort of homes that are high quality and attractive is an important part of this process.”
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