Network Space, the industrial property investor and developer, has secured detailed planning consent for phase one of its Tunstall Arrow site in Stoke-on-Trent.

The consent includes detailed plans for 5 new industrial units including a 44,000 sq ft warehouse, production and showroom facility for innovative high grade railing and balustrade systems provider Q-railing, alongside a further 85,000 sq ft of high quality industrial workspace accommodation.

The site, acquired in 2013 forms part of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone and Network Space is working in partnership with the EZ team to ensure that this strategic employment scheme is one of the first new developments to be brought forward following the EZ announcement in November 2015. It is expected that works will commence in summer 2017 with the delivery of the 44,000 sq ft Q-railing unit alongside 4 speculative units comprising a 10,000 sq ft unit, two 20,000 sq ft units and a 35,000 sq ft unit.  

Stephen Barnes, Managing Director of Development at Network Space said:

“This consent is a key milestone in the delivery of this important scheme. We continue to work very closely with the City Council and the EZ team to ensure that the scheme can be delivered as quickly as possible.  This is especially important as so little new space has been brought forward in recent years. Our agents, Mounsey Surveyors, are already reporting very keen interest in the speculative units.”

Cllr Abi Brown, the city council’s deputy leader and chair of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone Board, said:

“A new planning consent for good quality business space in the Ceramic Value Enterprise Zone once again illustrates that demand for business growth is strong in Stoke-on-Trent. We welcome Network Space’s confidence to build these industrial units and will continue to work hard to promote the site to potential inward investors and expanding local businesses. We calculate that when completed, the industrial units could accommodate over 250 new jobs.”

 Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said:

“We are delighted to see this kind of development taking shape in Ceramic Valley, creating jobs and growth for the future. “The six strategic sites in the Enterprise Zone are attracting significant interest. We have the advantage of a great location at the centre of England and we are actively promoting all the excellent development opportunities throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.”

Bruce Bradshaw, General Manager of Q-Railing:

“The granting of planning permission represents a significant step milestone. We look forward to seeing work starting on site soon on this important development for the company.''

Tunstall Arrow is a 28 acre employment site situated in the north of Stoke-on-Trent and very well located for access from the A500 and M6 Junction 16. It is accessed directly off James Brindley Way, the recently constructed Tunstall town centre by-pass, and phase one will deliver 5 units ranging from 10,000 sq ft to 44,000 sq ft.