Homes plan for historic pottery site put forward

Plans for homes and leisure facilities at Stoke-on-Trent’s Spode Pottery Works have been put forward.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working in partnership with developer Nimrod Holdings to bring forward the scheme while designs have been worked up by architecture practice Studio RBA.

The plans represent the further major redevelopment of the historic Elenora Street site. If approved, the development will help act as an economic generator by providing local jobs and training opportunities.

The council gave Nimrod permission to bring forward plans in 2020, but they were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage, said: “The legacy at Spode is one that will continue to grow. The opportunities that are unfolding with our latest Levelling Up plans are ones not to be missed. We are helping to future-proof small businesses and start-ups with office space and encouraging footfall back into our town centres.”

Mark Begg, managing director of Nimrod Holdings, said: “Spode is synonymous with people across Stoke-on-Trent with the pottery works serving generations of families in the area with high-skilled manufacturing jobs. Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to be commended for its ambition and work to transform the 10-acre site in the centre of Stoke town with thriving industries and ambitious plans to see the site grow for the future.

“We want to further this work, so that Spode touches the lives of not just local people but attracts new visitors from across the UK too.”