Hilton Hotel plans get seal of approval

Work on a 140-bed hotel in Stoke-on-Trent city centre, which will create more than 50 jobs, is set to start before the end of the year after plans were approved.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has given planning consent for the Hilton Garden Inn, which will be built at the Smithfield development.

The approval comes just days after Stoke-on-Trent celebrated being named as a finalist in the UK City of Culture 2021 competition.

Cllr David Conway, leader of the city council, said: “I’m delighted the plans for this landmark hotel have been given the go-ahead. This will be a major milestone in the continued transformation of the city centre and will improve the hotel offer in Stoke-on-Trent, which is vital if we are to be successful with our UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

“In Hull they are expecting their programme of events to bring a million visitors to the city, so accomodation is something we have to seriously look at. However, even if we are not successful with our bid, this is one of the most exciting cities in the UK right now and we need to see our hotel and accomodation offer evolve to match our ambitions. For cities of similar sizes to us, it is an area where we fall behind at present.”

The hotel will be delivered by Genr8 and the city council.

Genr8 will start the tender process to find the main construction contractor for the hotel in September.

Richard Ingham, partner at Genr8, said: “The news that planning consent has been granted is another important milestone in the delivery of the new Hilton Garden Inn and our wider Smithfield scheme. This is an exciting time for the city and Smithfield.”