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Green light given for seven storey tower block in centre of Hanley

Plans for a seven storey tower block on the site of a derelict building in Hanley have been approved.

The former Black Cobra Martial Arts building on Clough Street, was targeted by arsonists in July and now it will be demolished to make way for the new structure.

It will feature 26 open plan one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom flats, some of which will feature balconies.

There will also be a roof terrace, with access for residents, and a ground floor cafe.

A small number of objections were received by Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s planning department. High-risk mining concerns, drainage and highways issues were all raised.

Objector Viv Watts, of Potters Bar, wrote to the council, saying: “Vehicle parking is absolutely relevant to this proposal. Hanley is notorious for a shortage of parking and the proposal seeks to add 30 dwellings and a restaurant.

“This will have a significant impact on vehicular movement due to occupiers and visitors, as well as the inevitable vehicular movement associated with the proposed restaurant (70 patrons plus staff plus deliveries). Proposed commercial deliveries and vehicles parked?

“Further, with the increased reliance on e-commerce, there is no provision for deliveries or a mail room, thus delivery vehicles will park in Clough Street, obstructing hotel visitors and local traffic, and inevitably blocking pedestrian access along the footpath.”

Kim Mountford spoke on behalf of the developer, NS and PK Developments Limited. She said: “This is a high-quality design which will make a positive contribution to the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

“This site occupies a highly sustainable location within easy walking distance of the city centre and facilities on offer, including numerous public transport connections.

“Consequently, the absence of an on-site parking provision is deemed to be acceptable.”

Building work will start as soon as possible.

The committee voted unanimously in favour of the plans.

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