Plans for a 730-space car park in Stoke-on-Trent have been approved by planners.
Genr8 Developments wants to build the huge multi-storey at the Smithfield site, in Hanley.
The eight-storey building will replace the existing 106-space Broad Street car park and, with work due to start on site in the next couple of months, the developers anticipate that it will be operational by 2022.
Richard Ingham, partner at Genr8, said: “2020 was a transformational year for Smithfield, as we saw the completion and opening of the Hilton Garden Inn and the Clayworks scheme – the first build-to-rent development to be brought to Stoke-on-Trent.
“Momentum is critical in regeneration and it’s fantastic that we can press on quickly with the delivery of the new multi-storey car park. As Smithfield continues to grow, there is a natural requirement for more high quality, safe and secure parking, and we’re proud to be able to provide this for both Smithfield and the wider city centre.”
He added: “This is another step forward in Stoke-on-Trent’s renaissance, as the city’s ambitious growth plans continue to take shape. Amenity and infrastructure such as this car park will be crucial in helping to ‘power up’ the city once more as we begin to build back from COVID.”
Genr8 lodged plans for the car park in September following a public consultation in the summer.
Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council has unanimously approved the plans.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for infrastructure, regeneration and heritage, said: “This is a significant milestone in the ongoing regeneration of the city centre and we’re really looking forward to the development getting under way.
“As Smithfield and the wider city centre area continues to grow and expand, it’s vital we have first class infrastructure like this multi-storey car park, with the ability to fit out new electrical charging and emerging technologies, that will ultimately support what is on offer not just now but for generations to come. That is why this long-awaited development, which is being led and financed by the council, is so important.
“We know how difficult the pandemic has been, but we are doing everything we can to make sure the city emerges from coronavirus in the strongest position possible, and this announcement sends out a really positive message that we are open for business as we build back better for the future.”
The Smithfield scheme in Hanley includes development of the Hilton Garden Inn hotel and the Clayworks apartment scheme which followed the completion of 210,000 sq ft of office space in the city centre.
The next phase of the plans will see the development of the car park and the 62,000 sq ft ‘3 Smithfield’ office building.