City Council Approve Plans For New Units at Sandyford

Stoke on Trent City Council have approved plans today for Network Space to have new units built in Sandyford.

The new units will be built at its Tunstall Arrow site on the north side of James Brindley Way; where the company say the development will bring much needed business to the city and provide new employment for the Stoke on Trent area.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association and a resident from the Brindley Village Estate put their cases forward at today’s meeting in an attempt to compromise the developments visual impact where residential and business come together.

The residents association supports the application by Network Space in regards to the new development; creating additional business to Sandyford and Stoke on Trent as a whole, and bring additional employment to the area which is much needed, although the residents association did say it has reservations that Network Space takes into account and supports the area with the following recommendations.

It is reported that nearby properties are 32 metres away, and it is recommended that sufficient treeline/hedge screening is provided with mature foliage & NOT as in many cases where saplings are planted, which can take many years to grow and serve their purpose. The developer confirmed that mature planting of trees and hedgerow would now take place.

Cladding where applicable, similar to that of Blue Planet/JCB at Chatterley Valley that is tapered shades of green would also soften/mask the view to residents who live near to the buildings, which includes Russell Road properties as well as those on Brindley Village. The developer explained the reasons to why this was not suitable as in vandalism etc. but after pressure was presented, including councillor support then Network Space agreed to look into the situation further.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association would also like to have confirmation to who would be maintaining the green space foliage so the area is kept clean and presentable at all times. This was confirmed would happen by the developer through a contract company taking charge of the work.

The resident representing Brindley Village said that the largest of the buildings, which is also the tallest is the one nearest to nearby properties, which means, it would have been better to have replaced it with one of the smaller units and asked for this to be taken into consideration. The developer went into great lengths to explain that mine shafts are in the area and there layout meant this was not possible, and to make the units viable needed them to be of a certain size.

It was reported that almost £45,000 will be donated through the development due to loss of biodiversity in the area, and the residents association, along with the resident representing Brindley Village is requesting it is used in Sandyford & Goldenhill to put something back in the area, especially since it has lost so much greenspace due to extensive house building and business development. Stoke on Trent City Council Planning Team as well as the City Councillors stressed the need that the biodiversity money should be spent within the Sandyford/Goldenhill area. The residents association recommended that hedgerow and trees would strike a balance, but would like to be involved/consulted before any decisions are made to their planting and location.

Noise pollution was also an issue brought up by councillors at the meeting, and stressed that this needs to be addressed with considerate care to residents by putting in measures to reduce any such disruption. Network Space confirmed that any such works taking place would be carefully looked into, and where possible the effect to keep the noise down would be addressed.

The resident representing Brindley Village, along with Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association understand that progress to move the Sandyford area along with the rest of Stoke on Trent is important to all of us as a city, but as much consideration as possible is needed to ensure that business and the community are able to live in harmony with each other whilst moving Stoke on Trent forward to a better city which we all want.

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