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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has today purchased the historic Spode pottery site as part of plans to transform Stoke Town.
The former pottery site, which has remained empty since the company went into administration in 2008 - although the historic Spode brand is once again being produced in the town by Portmeirion Group - will now be brought back in to use as regeneration plans for Stoke Town get under way.

Dave Chetwyn, Chair of the Potteries Heritage Society, will be among the speakers at an event at Rewley House, Oxford entitled Urban Design and the Historic Environment.
Organised by the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford University, this seminar provides a unique opportunity to investigate different perspectives on the relationship between urban design and the historic environment and to engage some of the leading practitioners in the field in discussion and debate.

We were pleased to see that the shortlisted schemes for the first annual Architecture and Urban Design Awards, run on behalf of the North Staffs Regeneration Partnership by Urban Vision North Staffordshire (the architecture and urban design centre), included five schemes in the City.

Forty-six schemes were submitted and eight were shortlisted. These were: Westport Lake Visitors Centre; Cauldon Campus Caring Centre of Excellence; Knutton Terraced Housing; Lock 38 Housing Estate at Etruria; Swan Square, Burslem; The Ashes in Endon; Bridgewater Bridge in Hanley; and Blue Planet eco-warehouse.

PHS is running a project with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to raise awareness and understanding of local heritage. The £10,000 project is funded by English Heritage West Midlands and includes the development of web pages on conservation areas, a series of three heritage workshops and two walks.

Last year was a productive one for PHS. The society successfully bid for around £10,000 from English Heritage to run a heritage project, in partnership with the City Council. The project involves developing a web-based information resource for people living in and around conservation areas and a series of workshops and walks for local people, taking place in January and February 2010. These are aimed at raising awareness and understanding of heritage, planning and local character.