Stoke-on-Trent City Council has welcomed the proposals to redevelop the Victoria Ground, the erstwhile home stadium of Stoke City Football Club.
The council has been working with the landowner St Modwen Homes to enable a two-phased planning application to be brought forward for the site.
St Modwen Homes revealed plans for the site last August, which saw positive comments from residents and the company is due to submit a formal planning application in the coming days which reflects the views from the public consultation.
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“We understand that the Victoria Ground is an important site for both the people of Stoke-on-Trent and the city council,” said Dave Smith, managing director at St Modwen Homes.
“Having taken the comments from the public consultation on board, particularly for the second phase of development, we are looking forward to turning our plans for the Victoria Ground site into reality and breathing new life into the community and surrounding area.”
The council has been working closely with the Environment Agency over the last 12 months to examine the issue of flooding due to the site’s close proximity to the River Trent.
It has also worked with the Stoke Minster Primary School to encourage sports pitches for the school to be included in the design of the scheme.
“We know residents feel strongly about the site and they want to see development take place,” said David Sidaway, city director at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
“I made it clear that a key priority for the city council was to bring this very important site into use and I am really proud that we have secured this investment.”
It has been proposed that the first phase of the plans will see 130 homes built directly off Boothen Old Road, while 70 homes will be built between the school and the A500 in the second phase.
Significant work will also take place to create a landscaped linear park and sports pitches for the school by filling the River Trent concrete culvert, which runs through the site, and diverting the river to a more natural course of water alongside the development.
“This is an important development site for the regeneration of the city and as such we want to see it brought back into constructive use in a way that improves the area, brings much-needed new facilities for the community, and addresses the issue of site flooding,” David added.
The second phase of the development will be dependent on securing external funding.