Business district takes shape as planning permission approved

A thriving new business quarter is to be developed in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent as planning approval is granted for the first phase of the scheme.

The initial 50,000 sq m of mixed use space for the new Central Business District has today been granted outline planning permission. The move is a step closer for the development which will bring a variety of office, retail, leisure and public space to the city centre.

Genr8 Developments, the city council’s development partner behind the new mixed use project, is now working towards a detailed planning application for phase 1 of the project which will focus on 10,000 sq m of development space.

“The Central Business District will create a vibrant mix of commercial business opportunities in the city centre. This planning approval grants outline consent for the initial phases of an even larger scheme and it is fantastic news for the city.”
“The Central Business District is designed to create a vibrant day and night time economy which will complement other city centre schemes such as the East West Shopping Centre redevelopment, Mitchell Memorial Theatre, new bus station and city centre living. It is one piece of the jigsaw for creating a 21st century city. This planning approval means that the project is one step closer to starting work on site.”

Now that outline planning permission has been granted work is underway to prepare a detailed application for Phase 1 of the development. It is expected that this will be submitted later in 2011 in order to allow a start on site early in 2012.

The business district, which is expected to eventually provide up to 100,000sqm of business space in the city centre, will be delivered in phases over the next 10 to 15 years. Phase 1 is expected to focus on up to 10,000sqm of development space. The site lies behind the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and near to the new Tesco store off Broad Street and the regional shopping centre being developed at the former East West site.

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