Plans for a major new industrial development in Stoke-on-Trent have been recommended for approval.
The proposals, by Network Space, will see five warehouses totalling more than 116,000 sq ft built on a 7.3 acre piece of land off James Brindley Way, in Tunstall.
The scheme – which is expected to create around 200 new jobs – will form the second phase of the Tunstall Arrow development which has already seen five industrial units built at the site.
The warehouses are now occupied by Boels Rental, Pramac-Generac, DHL Express, Q-Railing and SG Fleet.
Now planners at Stoke-on-Trent City Council are being urged to approve the development at a meeting tomorrow (Wed) – despite objections from residents.
A planning report states: “It is considered that the principle of development can be supported and that the scheme would deliver sustainable development with regeneration benefits including the beneficial re-use of a derelict site within the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone.
“Technical documents in support of the scheme illustrate that on balance the scheme would result in sustainable development.”
Residents living in the nearby Brindley Village has objected to the proposals over concerns about noise, loss of privacy and loss of leisure space.
Alex Moran said: “The proposed site would bring an incredible increase in noise and light pollution as well as a considerable, sustained detriment to the air quality. Something this city has recently come under severe pressure to alleviate.
“The industrial site will also impact on a popular walking route for both commuting and leisure purposes, which is crucial for children walking safely to school, away from the main road to and from both the Brindley Village estate and the neighbouring estate behind.
“The proposal in question is strongly and unanimously berated by the Brindley village community, as a development that prioritises profits over the health and well-being of the people of this city and the wildlife that lives amongst us.”
Ashleigh Howley added: “This would be an eyesore on what is a lovely quiet estate. It could potentially devalue the houses on our section of the estate.”