Last year, Stoke-on-Trent City Council announced a landmark agreement with the government’s housing agency which outlined a commitment to working together on a comprehensive housing delivery plan for the city.
Now it has been revealed that the agreement will see a major investment into Stoke-on-Trent, with Homes England helping to unlock and support the city council and its partners to build around 3,000 new homes in the next decade.
This will help to build new communities, replace homes that are not fit for purpose, rejuvenate brownfield land and build high-quality homes for residents for generations to come.
This work – forecast to add around £400 million Gross Value Added to the city’s economy – will build on what has already been achieved by Stoke-on-Trent City Council through its commitment to expand and improve its local housing offer.
This includes the redevelopment of the former Victoria Ground site, in Stoke, into 200 new family homes, the private-rented Clayworks apartments scheme in the city centre – the first scheme of its kind in the city – and the launch of two new state-of-the-art sheltered housing schemes – QEII and Rialto Court, in Fenton.
At the same time, plans for new apartments at Goods Yard are gathering pace with piling complete and a ground floor slab in progress. Preparations are also being made at Etruscan Square including site investigation and design works for residential units and a mobility hub with future opportunities for retail, leisure and the city’s first arena.
Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “Our ambition is to deliver high-quality, fit for purpose, safe and well-maintained homes for Stoke-on-Trent residents now and in the future.
“We have delivered some fantastic schemes across the city over the last few years and I have no doubt that this unique partnership with Homes England will continue to boost confidence in the Stoke-on-Trent housing market, and ensure our city remains a place where people can live well at all stages of their lives.”
The announcement comes as a small delegation from Stoke-on-Trent City Council attend MIPIM, the annual real estate conference in France.