Oak Priory incorporates a number of outdoor areas, providing a series of high quality spaces for the public as well as private amenity space for residents. The main ‘village square’ is capable of hosting a range of social and community events, not least bowls. In contrast, a second more informal square has been provided which incorporates growing areas, with a wider meadow landscape wrapping around the two blocks to provide opportunities for residents to wander at their leisure. Each outdoor space has its own distinctive character, providing sun filled, sheltered spaces, which actively encourage residents to participate in outdoor activities: a stunning backdrop to the Oak Priory.

Planning History

The site, 2.7 hectares of open space located on the eastern periphery of the city and within the Abbey Hulton residential estate, was formed when the estate was originally developed between the wars. Despite being of poor quality and badly drained, the site was home to three playing fields which, prior to their closure, were re-provided in the locality in agreement with Sport England. The site was identified by Stoke-on-Trent City Council (SCC) as one of three to collectively deliver 390 supported extra care housing units across the city. SCC went on to secure DCLG support through the Round 5 Housing Non HRA PFI. A detailed planning brief was prepared, a process which included extensive consultation with local community groups. This brief was used to inform the design development through the competitive dialogue and design process. The SCC planning team was fully consulted at each design stage and they issued feedback to the design team at regular intervals, ensuring that the planning objectives and the design quality were maintained throughout the process. The scheme went to the Planning Committee in March 2014 and received unanimous support from members, with the development declared an exemplar for joint public and private sector delivery of high quality developments.

Project Team

Architect: PRP
Developer: Sapphire Living

Development Data

Site size (ha): 2.7
Date of completion: 10/01/2016
Schedule of accommodation: 1 bed Plus (53 no.) ; 2 bed (122 no.)
Tenure mix: 100% Affordable
Size of typical home: 67
Parking spaces: 88

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