Cobridge residents: 'We don't want 37 new houses on old pottery site'
FAMILIES look to have lost their fight to stop dozens of houses being built on the site of a former pottery factory.
Developers want to create a mini-estate of 37 affordable homes on the old Simpsons Pottery site in Cobridge.
But residents living opposite the land – which has been targeted by arsonists in the past – say it is unsuitable for that number of homes.
Despite their concerns, Stoke-on-Trent City Council looks set to approve the plans to breathe fresh life into the crumbling plot, which sits between Grange Street and Hawthorn Street.
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Mohammed Hanif, aged 50, of Hawthorn Street – which runs along the side of the former factory site – said: "I think 37 houses is too many for the site. Anything less that they could come up with would be better.
"There are also issues regarding parking as this road gets very busy."
Families have also voiced concerns over the dwellings being earmarked for social housing rather than for the private market.
Mr Hanif added: "I would rather the houses are up for sale as this is a good community and we would like to see homeowners come here."
A petition of 11 signatures has been submitted to the authority.
Neighbourhood watch co-ordinator Brian Moss, aged 69, also of Hawthorn Street, said: "We want to make sure the development attracts the right people to the area."
Grandfather-of-two Brian Smith, aged 71, said: "We are pleased to have had the new medical facility. We just hope whatever they do with the land will complement the area."
Developer MCI Developments want to build the homes.
Twenty will face onto Hawthorn Street and Waterloo Road, with parking. A further four will face Grange Street with 13 being served by a cul-de-sac accessed from the same stretch.
Asghar Nawaz, aged 35, who has lived on Hawthorn Street for the past five years, said: "We already get a lot of congestion along this road especially by the junction. This would make it worse."
The pottery factory was vacated in 2004 before an arson attack in 2009 led to the buildings being demolished.
A report by developers states: "The proposals make beneficial use of a contaminated, brownfield site which has become a local eyesore."
A council report into the proposals states: "The proposed development would bring about the suitable redevelopment of a derelict and contaminated site in the inner urban area."
The authority's development management committee will consider the application on Tuesday, from 2pm, at the Civic Centre in Stoke.