Plans lodged to transform Stoke-on-Trent office block into flats

Blackburn House Hanley Blackburn House Hanley

The disused Blackburn House in Hanley may be turned into 130 apartments, should Stoke-on-Trent City Council approve. 

Redevelopment plans have been submitted to the council detailing plans to convert the upper 10 floors into one and three-bedroom flats. 

A B&M store currently occupies the ground floor of this building. The submitted plans state that the changes to the upper floors would not affect this outlet. 

The tower was formally occupied by HM Revenue and Customs. Since 2019, 10 of the floors have lain empty. The submitted plans state that there has been no demand for office space in the area in the last five years. 

The plans also argue that converting the building into flats would boost the local economy, stating: “…it will increase the footfall for local businesses in the area who are struggling to keep afloat.”

This is just one of many housing development plans aimed at the city centre that have been submitted recently. Proposals have also been made to create 300 flats on Etruscan Square.

The council has until 28 June to approve or reject the plans. 

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