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Stoke-on-Trent City Council will next week be considering planning applications lodged last November by St. Modwen for the regeneration of the former Royal Doulton site at Nile Street, Burslem.

The proposals, which have been the subject of extensive discussions with the City Council, is for a mixed use development, retaining Royal Doulton¹s principal historic building at the main entrance from Nile Street and with a redevelopment of the remainder of the site.

The original building will be restored and the courtyard at the main entrance recreated with new buildings in a compatible style as a major Business Enterprise Centre aimed specifically at providing workspace for small and medium sized companies.

The existing building, together with the new Enterprise Centre buildings will provide a total of about 70,000 sq ft in three-storey buildings and it is anticipated that this will provide the home for more than 50 businesses.

The courtyard will be recreated with high quality landscaping, and visitor and employee car parking.

The remainder of the 11.5 acre site, owned by St Modwen, will be developed for housing in support of the regeneration of the Burslem Town Centre area. About 140 homes, very much aimed at family accommodation are to be built.

One of the key elements of the scheme is a new public walkway and cycleway through the centre of the site from Nile Street to the Burslem Greenway at the rear and thereby connecting to Burslem Park. This will provide a much needed link between the green space and the town centre.

Mike Herbert, Regional Director of St. Modwen , commented:

Subject to receiving planning approval, demolition work will start in the near future.

It is anticipated that the site will be cleared and ready for development by the end of the year with the development of the Enterprise Centre and new homes starting in early 2009.

We would expect that the new Enterprise Centre will provide jobs for around 400 people and the new homes would provide a further boost to regenerate the economy of Burslem Town Centre.

A consultation exercise including a public exhibition was held last autumn as part of St. Modwen¹s established Community, Environmental and Social Responsibility policy, which includes a commitment to consultation at an early stage of all major projects led directly by St. Modwen staff.

For further information contact Mike Herbert (01782 281844). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).

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