126 houses on Stoke City’s old Victoria Ground have now been snapped up – and now work can start on building another 70


Work can now start on the final stage of redeveloping Stoke City’s former stadium after the plans were given the go-ahead.

A total of 70 homes will be built in Stoke next to the River Trent which will be diverted.

It will include a mix of two, three and four-bed properties.

The scheme at the old Victoria Ground off Boothen Old Road will also include outdoor space for neighbouring Stoke Minster CE Primary School, while a walking trail will also be extended.

It comes as developer St Modwen, which bought the land for £2 million, has revealed 82 of the 130 homes built during phase one are now lived in, with another 44 plots reserved.

The River Trent is being diverted

Speaking in support of the latest application, Laura Bisbey, of St Modwen, said: “It’s hard to believe how far we have come. Construction of the first 130 homes in phase one is nearing completion.

“After the approval of our application for the River Trent diversion last year, work to naturalise the diversion will start at the site imminently.

“There will now be a further 70 high quality, two, three and four bedroom homes in phase two, a new park for the benefit of existing and future residents and much needed sports pitches and open space.”

The site had been empty since 1997 when the Potters moved out of the Victoria Ground and into the Britannia Stadium – now the bet365 Stadium.

Former Potters legend Bob McGrory has been honoured in the naming of a street which will connect the final phase of the development with the first.

Housing development by St Modwen has won permission for the second of houses at the old Victoria Ground in Stoke.

McGrory played for Stoke from 1921 to 1935 when he became manager, before leaving the club in 1952.

John Ritchie, Stoke’s all-time leading goal scorer has also been honoured with a street named after him. As has former midfielder Paul Ware who tragically died after battling a brain tumour aged 42 in 2013.

Other features on the site include plaques to commemorate the centre spot of the former pitch and commemorative art works in the park that runs along the river.

Pitches for the nearby school will also be available for community use.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s planning committee deliberated over the plans for around 30 minutes before voting them through unanimously.

However, concerns were raised over alleyway ownership and flooding.

An artist’s impression of how the new development will look

Councillor Candi Chetwynd said: “I’m only concerned with the rise of global warming. Is there going to be a heightened chance of flooding?”

Ms Bisbey explained the engineering work to divert the River Trent were designed to cope with a ‘one in 100 year’ disaster event.

Regarding alleyway ownership, Councillor Andy Platt said: “We don’t want to be developing new unadopted back alleys. Can you ensure that all these routes are made to an adoptable standard?”

82 of the homes are now occupied

Ms Bisbey replied: “Our usual process in this is that ownership is given to the person who lives furthest away. I don’t know what the adoptable standards are but I’m happy to take that away and look at getting it to an adoptable standard.”

In closing remarks, chairman of the planning committee Ross Irving said: “It ticks all the right boxes.”

Current residents of the new estate broadly told StokeonTrentLive they were in support of the plans in August 2019.





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