Work has started on a major housing development in Stoke-on-Trent that will see 128 quality homes being built.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s housing company Fortior Homes is building the private-rented and market sale accommodation on the edge of the city centre.
This is the second development by Fortior, following on from the Smithfield apartments currently being built by developer Genr8.
The four-acre site located off Lichfield Street in Hanley is seen as a major visual gateway into the city centre, and will contribute towards addressing the city’s need for high quality new-build rented accommodation.
As one of the city’s seven Housing Zone areas, it is being delivered in partnership with Novus Property Solutions. A total of 85 one and two-bedroom apartments and 43 two and three-bedroom houses will be built, with people able to move in from spring 2020.
The design of the site will provide an attractive frontage to Lichfield Street, with an eye-catching pedestrian boulevard running through its heart, leading towards the ring road and city centre. This will take pedestrians away from the busy main roads and enable visitors from local attractions such as the nearby Emma Bridgewater factory to access the neighbourhood easily.
The scheme will also provide three new roads, which will improve the traffic system and flow in the area.
Conservative Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration commented, “This is great news for the entire city. The land has been vacant for over a decade, and with real leadership at the City Council we are delivering on the Conservative promise to develop empty brownfield land into new homes.”
“Last year alone, 95% of all planning applications in the city were for brownfield sites. A major step forward from the days of Labour, where homes were demolished, not built.”