New multi-storey car park proposed for Hanley

A new £15m 730 space car park is set to be built in Hanley.

The City Council has unveiled plans to create the multi-storey on the existing 106-space Broad Street car park.

The proposal has been included in the council’s budget proposals for 2020/21, which will go before full council on February 27 for approval.

If given the green light, it is hoped planning permission would be secured and a main construction contractor appointed by June 2020.

Work could start before the end of the summer, and the car park could potentially be open to the public by September 2021.

Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage, said: “The city centre is growing rapidly and this year we are going to see the really exciting additions of the Clayworks apartments and Hilton Garden Inn hotel at Smithfield, two landmark developments for the future of Stoke-on-Trent which will help to transform the city for generations to come.

"In 2018 people took five million day-trips to Stoke-on-Trent and that number will continue to grow, especially with new attractions like the iconic Spitfire extension at the museum being delivered.

“We know parking is in short supply in the city centre, but that is a sign of a growing economy and successful city. Our decision to lease out office space at Smithfield to private businesses has brought in hundreds of officer workers into Hanley and given the area a real boost.

"We have listened to businesses and looked at parking patterns in the week and at weekends, and we have commissioned the car park on the grounds of clear demonstrative need.

"We have to make sure there are enough parking spaces to support the attractions and businesses, and to encourage local people and visitors to come to the area.

“This would be a high-quality multi-storey facility, a level above anything else in our current parking portfolio. It will give visitors a great impression of Stoke-on-Trent and will boost all the exciting developments that are taking place.

"This is a really important step in the transformation of our city centre. It will be designed to the highest standards and I’m sure would be a very welcome addition to the city centre.”

A temporary 100-space car park will be built on the Smithfield site for residents in the Clayworks apartments, who would be given to the option to buy permanent permits on the new multi-storey car park when it opens.

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