Stoke-on-Trent City Council has secured £10m from the Conservative Government to facilitate building around 1,100 new homes on derelict brownfield land in the city.
Housing Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip Hammond have today made the announcement as part of a comprehensive programme to boost the housing market nationally.
The grant is part of a national Housing Infrastructure Fund, aiming to deliver up to 200,000 new homes across the UK.
The money will be used to develop nine long-standing vacant sites in the Burslem area – helping to breathe new life in the town. The money will be used as a revolving fund, to either directly undertake remediation works or to work in collaboration with landowners to allow the sites to be developed.
The sites in Burslem that have been identified include:
- The former Royal Doulton factory, Nile Street
- The former Wades factory, Westport Road
- Land next to the former Wades factory, Westport Road
- The old Co-op Bakery site in Newport Lane
- Woodbank Street car park
- Land off Scotia Road
- Land off Newport Lane/Furlong Lane
- Land off Nile Street/Hobson Street
- Bournes Bank, Wood Street
Conservative Deputy Leader, Councillor Abi Brown, said “this is fantastic news for Stoke-on-Trent and shows what the Conservatives are doing to help the city.”
“This shows what Conservatives working together can achieve for Stoke-on-Trent. All part of our commitment to try and develop brownfield sites for housing before greenfield.”
Conservative Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Daniel Jellyman, also commented that this was a shot in the arm for Burslem.
“After years of neglect by previous Labour Councils, this shows what having Conservatives serving on the City Council can achieve. This money will enable these sites to be brought forward, new homes, new families and the subsequent economic benefit for local businesses based in Burslem.”