Realis Estates in fear of Tunstall

Realis Estates fear the approval of Morrisons in Tunstall could poach some of the aspirational stores they have lined up for City Sentral, in a objection to the planning department they say.

The impact assessment submitted by Norcros Estates concludes that that there wouid be no impact on City Sentral given that it comprises a foodstore and that the ‘non-food retail units are not anticipated to be attractive to the same market’. However, we dispute this assertion. Ail of the floorspace proposed could be accommodated at City Sentral, and in the absence of any means to restrict the type of goods sold there is absolutely no way of ensuring that the retailers targeted by the applicant would not replicate those that could occupy space in City Sentral.

Morrisons argue that its offering would not be suitable for City Sentral due to the presence of a number of nearby foodstores and the plans for a Department store, but again Realis say.

We dispute this statement. The East & West Precincts have permission for up to 60,000 sq/m of retail floorspace and whilst it is intended to attract a department store and high end retailers, there is no reason as to why a foodstore and/or four comparison retail units could be accommodated and form an element of the scheme.

Realis have already tried to prevent the expansion of the Potteries Shopping Centre and now they are targeting Tunstall, please don’t let them continue to try and dominate the regeneration of our City please email your support for Morrisons to planning.apps@stoke.gov.uk Ref 54248/FUL

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Concerns over Multi Coloured Civic Centre

Policy & Design Team have raised concerns over the multi coloured skin of the New Civic Centre

The interface of the honeycomb skin with the fritted glazing looks clumsy. The windows on the north elevation look awkward within the context of the proportions of this façade. With regard to the building wrap generally, the multiple use of colours detracts from the visual impact of the structure of the honeycomb skin. Continue reading

Budget Live Chat

There were one or two questions on the £55million loan for a New Civic Centre

6:39 Comment From peacefrog

how can the council justify spending so much money on relocating when services in the city are being drastically cut back

6:44 Comment From Pervez

The primary driver and motivation behind the relocation is to try to create more jobs and attract much needed private sector investment in the City. The revenue financial challenges we face are severe but is we do not create the right economic conditions then the imapct on our great City and our residents will get even worse. This Government is unfairly targeting areas of greater deprivation like Stoke. We have to creat our own future. Continue reading

Local Councillors views on the planned New Civic Centre

I have wrote the below e-mail to all local Councillors and will publish their replies as and when

Have you had chance to read the Consultants reports produced for the City Council? Despite petitions of over 3000 local Councillors have been very quiet in giving their public support to the Cabinets decision to ignore the reports findings (see below).

The people of the City deserve answers, please reply giving reasons for your support based on the consultants reports and not what your press department have told you to say.

Your reply or Failure to reply will be reported on facebook and published as the “March to Stoke” protest progress across the City Continue reading

Changes to Burslems Roads Approved

Officer have approved the recommended scheme is shown on the enclosed Plans 1 and 2 and
generally consists of:-
• Preventing right turn movements at Waterloo Road onto Pitt Street West
and Zion Street junctions.
• Preventing right turn movements at Pitt Street and Baptist Street onto
Waterloo Road junctions.
• Introducing MOVA, an intelligent traffic signal software system which
automatically optimises traffic flows through the above junctions to
minimise congestion. Continue reading