A masterplan has been developed in consultation with the community and is supported by a significant majority of residents.
A 'masterplan' guides the development and evolution of an area. It is a vision for the future that is supported by documented policies, guidelines, and priorities.
The Coalville masterplan proposes a major clearance and rebuilding programme to complement the areas that have benefited from investment in the past. The masterplan has now been superseded by an outline planning application and a detailed application for Phase 3.
The masterplan objectives are intended to be achieved through a phased development in four stages. Detailed planning permission for Phase 1 was granted in September 2005, which has resulted in 52 properties being built, comprising of two-bedroom bungalows and two to four bedroom houses for a mix of tenures. All these properties are now occupied.
Detailed planning permission for Phase 2 was granted in June 2007, for 58 properties, which is now also 80% complete. Outline planning permission for Phases 3 and 4, for the development of 176 dwellings, retailed premises, access, pubic open space and associated works, was granted in June 2007. Anticipated completion for the whole development is 2012.
In order to ensure successful deliver the remainder of the scheme, a planning Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) has been taken forward in line with the masterplan. Authority was first granted by the city council to pursue the order in 2006, with a subsequent approval in 2007 to reaffirm the boundary of the Coalville Planning CPO. The statement of case was submitted to Government Office in early 2008, with a public local inquiry held in July 2008.
At the inquiry, the planning inspector took evidence for the CPO from a number of key officers, with cross examination. The inspector also took evidence from 10 objectors. On the final day, the inspector made an accompanied site visit with two city council representatives and two objectors. The planning inspector submitted his final report to the Secretary of State in September 2008, recommending confirmation of the Coalville Planning Compulsory Purchase Order 2008.
The city council received a letter dated November 27, 2008, from the Government Office for London, stating:
‘The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has carefully considered Inspector’s report submissions of the parties. She agrees with the Inspector’s conclusions. The Secretary State has therefore decided to accept the Inspectors recommendation and to:
(A) Confirm the City of Stoke-on-Trent (Coalville, Weston Coyney) Planning Compulsory Order 2008.
(B) Issue a certificate under the provisions of Section 19 of the Acquisition of Land Act 1981 in relation to the authorisation of the purchase of land forming part of an open space as defined under the Act.’
The next stage is to send out Notices of Confirmation, along with notice of intention of general vesting, in September 2009. Phase 3 will then commence with the redevelopment of 77 units and a new park.
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