Council move is right for future
WHILE many readers have been quick to criticise the city council's relocation plans, from a geographic and urban planning standpoint it makes perfect sense.
The six towns of Stoke-on-Trent have been nothing short of a development curse.
Put simply, you can not expect to experience successful development when a finite resource pool is spread so thinly.
The majority of successful and sustainable urban settlements in the developed world follow one of two models: the Burgess Zone Model or the Hoyt Sector model.
These models, despite their differences, stress one vital element – the importance of a central business district. An element which is crucially lacking from Stoke-on-Trent.
The Burgess Model highlights the process of 'growing out' from the CBD in a series of concentric rings.
Similarly, the Hoyt Model, modifying the Burgess model, highlights the importance of transport links, with industrial areas developing outwards and housing growing around these main transport links.
However, the relocation plans should be treated as a 'first step on the ladder' with much more significant steps to climb in future years.
It will take many years, if not decades, to successfully transform the city's haphazard design.
Drastic action may, however, be required.
JORDAN HUXLEY Rudyard