Planning Submitted For New £350million City Centre Bus Station

Plans for a state-of-the-art city centre bus station have been submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

A detailed planning application has been received for the landmark bus station, which will form the first phase of the £350million redevelopment of the East West Centre creating a stunning new gateway for Stoke-on-Trent city centre.

The reserved matters application details the proposed designs and layouts, drawn up by Grimshaw Architects, for the new city centre bus station.

A decision on the application is due in the coming weeks.

“A new city centre bus station is something many residents and passengers are keen to see in Stoke-on-Trent. The current facility is tired and out dated. The planning application details a modern, safe and warm facility in the heart of the city centre which will provide the first block of the new regional shopping centre. It is an important step and good news for the development.”

The planning application outlines the designs for the purpose built new facility on the current John Street surface car park and follows a series of public consultations on the proposals. The move will mark the first stage of Realis Estate’s new regional shopping centre in Stoke-on-Trent.

The East West Centre redevelopment project will transform the prominent city centre site of the existing East West Centre to create a new, 650,000 sq ft high quality regional shopping centre that will include a department store, a wide range of new shops, cafés, restaurants, vibrant public spaces, a multi-screen cinema, a hotel and improved parking.

“The submission of the planning application marks an important milestone for the redevelopment of the East West Centre and takes us another step closer to starting on site in the spring.

“These exciting plans have been developed in partnership with local residents and include a number of facilities that people requested – such as toilets, enclosed waiting areas and shops and cafés.

“The East West Centre redevelopment will create a new regional shopping destination that will tempt shoppers back to Stoke-on-Trent from cities such as Manchester and Birmingham.

“Working closely with the council, we successfully moved the project forward during 2010 and look forward to starting on site in the next few months.”