The North Shelton area of Stoke formed one of several regeneration initiatives for North Staffordshire. Under the Housing Market Renewal Initiative’s Stoke City Centre South Area of Major Intervention (AMI), the scheme is planned to deliver 2,500 new homes, together with some live/work units.
TEP was appointed to undertake the sustainability appraisal of a the North Shelton Masterplan, prior to it becoming Supplementary Planning Guidance.
£16m was invested in land assembly by buying more than 200 mainly poor quality homes along with purchases of strategically located business premises. Eight key sites in North Shelton that would benefit from investment and contribute to the wider improvement of the area were identified and plans created for the construction of new homes on each site.
TEP identified the potential sustainability effects at each stage (Draft Options; Preferred Option; Draft Masterplan) and made a number of recommendations to enhance the sustainability performance of the Masterplan, through changes to the design, layout and materials to be used in the construction of the new homes. This resulted in a reduction in the carbon footprint and effects on surface water from the proposed new development; greater protection for valued historic buildings; the provision of more greenspace; and reduced likelihood of crime.