Great new developments proposed for Stoke-on-Trent…

Almost 400 affordable homes could be constructed over two sites in Stoke-on-Trent, according to new plans.

The city council is behind the proposals for 379 homes on cleared brownfield land in Pyenest Street, Shelton and a 1960s housing scheme at the top of Bucknall New Road, Hanley.

The authority’s cabinet is set to consider the scheme at a meeting on Tuesday 11 December.

The project would see the council join up with a social property investor and apply for government funding for the works.

The plans would see 226 apartments at Bucknall New Road, and 51 flats and 62 houses at Pyenest Street.

A total of 155 low rise flats and maisonettes at Bucknall New Road would be cleared, creating a net gain of 224 new affordable homes.

Cllr Randy Conteh, cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “This is a major initiative for the city and the first time a scheme of this scale and ambition has been developed.

“The government is looking at our project as a pioneering new way to build and deliver affordable homes.

“We are committed to providing the best quality accommodation for our residents, and across the city we are regenerating large areas of brownfield land with homes that meet the needs of local people.

“Our public finances only stretch so far, and the demand for new and affordable homes is growing all the time. These proposals not only provide an innovative way to help meet this demand, but will also redevelop two sites that are in a real need of investment.”