80-home estate plan for former Royal Stoke staff car park

-Credit: (Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel)
-Credit: (Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel)

Plans for a housing estate on the former central outpatients department site - most recently used as a car park for Royal Stoke staff - are gathering pace. A total of 80 homes could eventually be built on the land on Thornburrow Drive in Hartshill.

Similar to the plans to build up to 250 homes on the old North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary site on Princes Road, University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust's former central outpatients department site can also now be redeveloped following the opening of the £32 million Royal Stoke staff car park.

As with the old infirmary site, the hospital trust submitted a screening opinion (SCR) application to Stoke-on-Trent City Council to determine whether redevelopment of the site for residential development would have any significant effects on the environment. The council has since ruled that the scheme does not constitute 'Environmental Impact Assessment' (EIA) development.

The application, which was submitted by Savills on behalf of the hospital trust, stated: "The proposal is for 80 dwellings and the overall area of the development is 2.99 hectares. The site currently comprises a surface car park, where the more established parcels are situated in the south westerly and north westerly corners of the site, serving the former Central Outpatients Department.

"Since the demolition of the Central Outpatients Department, the carparking provision has been expanded to include the footprint of demolished area with a parcel of green space to the north easterly corner. There is also a sub-station on the access road to the north of the site."

The application will now be considered by city council planners.

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