I’d like submit my objection to 54398/FUL and the relocation of the Civic Centre, I’d like to first quote from,
The Adopted Urban Core Strategy 2009 – Hierarchy of Centres
5.92 Will provide for increased vitality and vibrancy of Burslem and Stoke-upon-Trent Town Centres and improve accessibility and availability of modern local facilities.The towns of Burslem and Stoke-upon-Trent will re-establish their distinctive roles within the hierarchy of town centres. Stoke-upon-Trent Town Centre will retain its role as an administrative centre, a University town and a nationally important destination for ceramics factory shopping.
It is clear the Councils current Policy and Vision for Stoke Town is to Retain the Civic Centre, and that the Relocation of the Civic Centre will have a significant change in role and function of Stoke Town and have a detrimental impact on the vitality and viability of Stoke Towns Amenities as it would draw trade and business away from the Town. This major change to Stoke Town should come through the Development Plan Process, rather than through a planning application.
But no such alternatives were examined as, the need for a new CBD was formally identified in the adopted joint Core Strategy policy ASP1. it was considered that the location of alternatives sites were not relevant and will not be considered further in the Environmental Statement. This may have been satisfactory when outline permission was given, as no proposal for the relocation of the Civic Centre was being considered it was a simple new office development.
Now that major environmental changes to Stoke Town are being proposed, the Environmental Impact Assessment should now be examining the environmental effects within Stoke Town of the removal of a major employer and the future environmental impact on amenities of possible more derelict sites within the Town, as well as examining the alternatives available.
There are a number of petitions currently in Circulation at the moment in opposition to the Councils move from Stoke Town, while they may not be in reference to any material planning matters you should be considering, they do highlight the concern over the environment effects on the amenities and facilities on offer in the Town and should be consider as relevant matters and duly examined as part of your determination of this planning application.