Stoke & Staffordshire

Wedgwood pottery factory plans approved

Plans to overhaul pottery firm Wedgwood's main factory in north Staffordshire and build more than 200 homes in its grounds have been passed.

The company will knock down most of its factory buildings at Barlaston and build a new manufacturing facility.

The plans were approved at a meeting of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's development management committee.

The firm said the homes, to be built on greenbelt land in the grounds, were integral to the city's regeneration.

It claimed the project, which includes a new office complex, would safeguard the future of the company in Stoke-on-Trent.

Local people concerned by the possible level of construction traffic at the site attended a meeting on Thursday to show footage of queuing cars and lorries on country lanes in the proximity.

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