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New city centre living at Smithfield

10th November 2017

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Plans have been unveiled to build two 11-storey ‘build to rent’ apartment blocks in the city centre – the first development of its kind in Stoke-on-Trent.

The proposed residential development at Smithfield will be delivered by developer Genr8 in partnership with the city council-owned housing company Fortior Homes, and has been designed specifically as a build-to-rent scheme to provide long-term private rental homes.

The first residential block would deliver 151 apartments and consist of a mixture of one and two-bedroom units, with amenity space and communal gardens. There would also be leisure, commercial and retail opportunities on the ground floor, including a gym, office space and retail units.

The second building of 126 units, if approved, would be part of a future phase.

Councillor Randy Conteh, the council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “Historically there has been a lack of major residential development in Stoke-on-Trent’s city centre in comparison to similar-sized cities like Derby and Leicester.

“This would be a high quality development which will set a benchmark for similar schemes in the city and beyond, and importantly will remain affordable for people living or working in Stoke-on-Trent. It will primarily target 20 to 35-year-old single people and couples already living here, as well as those commuting here for work and will give the city centre permanent residents, who will increase footfall, support the local businesses and lead to further investment.”

Richard Ingham, partner at Genr8 Developments, said: “The delivery of high quality build to rent apartments is key to the ongoing regeneration of the city centre and wider Stoke-on-Trent economy. Alongside the delivery of the new Hilton Garden Inn these are really exciting times at Smithfield.”

Jonathan Bellamy, Chair of the City Centre Partnership welcomed the announcement, saying "This announcement is a key building block in the regeneration of our city centre. More young people working and living in the centre means more life and activity in the twilight and evening hours, and a more diverse offer of quality bars, restaurants and venues to cater for them."

The first phase of Smithfield Stoke-on-Trent, which included 210,000 sq ft of office space – now known as One Smithfield and Two Smithfield – was completed in August 2015 and is now occupied by the city council along with private sector companies. Further phases are now in the pipeline, including a 140-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn – which received planning permission in July 2017 – and the next phase of offices.

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