Multi-million pound plans to build a 104-bed city center hotel have been ditched. Stoke-on-Trent City Council approved the plan for the Clementsons Mills car park, in Hanley, in 2018.
But no building work ever started and the site has since been flogged to a new owner. Now the new owner – entrepreneur Paul Walters – says he wants to build 150 flats on the site.
The 58-year-old is currently providing free parking on the 184-space car park, although it is set to become pay-and-display within weeks. Mr Walters came forward after StokeonTrentLive yesterday revealed the location of the bonus free car park.
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He said: “Long term, we are looking at doing 150 apartments there, that’s the long term goal for the site. In the meantime, it’s free parking for eight weeks, then really cheap parking. We will be a lot cheaper than our competitors – £1 for an hour and £2 for 12 hours It’s a very reasonable price and pay-and-display will be coming into place in early May.
“It’s a very big site, there are a lot of spaces on there, 184 spaces in total and it is open 24 hours. We are going to be installing lighting for people going to the theater at night and CCTV. I had 134 cars there on Tuesday, it’s been absolutely amazing, it’s been fantastic.
“The site has been empty for nearly three years. Before it was just empty land, not being used. With Covid coming along I spoke to the owner of the site and he decided he’d sell it to me for the car park as he couldn’t progress with his plans for the hotel because of Covid. We are in the very early stages of putting together a plan for apartments and I’m working with architects before we submit it.
“I owned the Glass Street car park where The Void nightclub used to be. But I’ve sold that to a company who are going to be building 200 apartments there. I’ve also had the car park on Marsh Street for nine years and I’m also going to be submitting a planning application to build 150 apartments there.
“I do believe the only way that Hanley will survive is if we get thousands of people living in the city center to bring Hanley back to life. If you go to Manchester on a Sunday or Tuesday it’s packed because people live there in the city centre . All these big cities need residential schemes. People living in city centers is the only thing that will renew city centers in my view.”
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