Work to start on development of derelict land for social housing

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2019

The building of new affordable housing is due to begin on a site that has been derelict for more than ten years.

Land off Norfolk Street in Shelton is being brought back into use by Stoke-on-Trent City Council as part of its commitment to provide quality housing for people at all stages of life.

This undeveloped – but now cleared – site will be transformed into high quality social housing to meet the needs of local residents. In total, 28 apartments and houses will be built.

Construction company J Harper & Sons Ltd will be appointed to develop the site following a comprehensive procurement process.

Councillor Randy Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “It’s fantastic news that we will very soon see this development taking shape.

“By bringing vacant sites back into use, we are showing that the city is growing and the development potential is being realised.”

Norfolk Street is located close to the Pyenest Street Housing Zone site in the Hanley Park and Shelton ward of the city.

The development site has been vacant for a number of years and is close to residential properties as well as being next to Shelton Primary Care Centre.

The plans to develop the site were originally approved by cabinet in May last year, and will see the development of 20 one-bedroom apartments and eight family houses. 

Work will start on site in the summer and the first residents will be able to move into their new homes – which will be let in accordance with the council’s housing allocation policy – in late summer next year.

The £3 million scheme will be funded by a combination of Right to Buy receipts and funds from the city council’s housing revenue account. 

Cllr Conteh added: “We want to make Stoke-on-Trent a place where people actively choose to live and work, and are looking carefully at what needs to happen in our housing and residential areas. 

“There is a clear need for one-bedroom apartments and three or four-bedroom houses in the Hanley Park and Shelton areas, and this scheme will help to meet this need.”

Developers J Harper & Sons have made a commitment to offer training and apprenticeship opportunities and have pledged to use local labour and supply chain wherever possible within the project.

Mike Harvey, commercial director for J Harper and Sons, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred contractor to partner Stoke-on-Trent City Council in the delivery of much-needed new affordable homes in Shelton. 

“The properties have been designed to meet new housing standards, with a commitment to high quality and sustainability. The project will be delivered using local sub-contact and supply chain resources, thus further contributing to the local economy.”
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