Fancy living here? Plans revealed for apartment block after council shuts family centre


A council-owned family support centre looks set to be demolished and replaced with a block of 12 apartments.

Developer Fortior Homes has applied to bulldoze Trent Vale Family Support Centre, in Flash Lane, and replace it with the one-bedroom apartments within a two-storey development.

It comes as the mothballed building has been listed for disposal by cash-strapped Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Now concerns have been raised about a lack of parking in the area and families who have lost access to the contact centre which used to be based at the building.

Trent Vale Family Support Centre, Trent Vale

The planning application states: “The client aims to deliver a high-quality, residential scheme within the context of an existing well-established residential housing area.

“The apartments form one block comprising of six ground-floor apartments and six first-floor apartments.

“Due to the site’s urban location, the road network and public transport systems are well established with bus stops leading towards Stoke, Newcastle and Hanley.”

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Ward councillor Jackie Barnes hopes professionals could be housed in the building.

She said: “My only concern is the people who could be put in there. If it is the case that there is a shortage of one-bedroom flats then we hope for professional people. They need to be careful who they put in there because of the bungalows.

“The other issue is parking, it can already be horrendous along Flash Lane and these flats have one space per person and they won’t live in isolation.”

It has been confirmed that services were moved out of the social services contact centre earlier this year.

A council report states: “The current facility use has ended with the relocation of activities to children’s centres across the city. The site will be brought forward for residential redevelopment.”

Council planners are expected to rule on the application within weeks.





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