New projects include regeneration of coalfields and the creation of a new University Quarter in Stoke-on-Trent.

A £57m package of regeneration projects in the Stoke area has been put forward by the North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone.

The projects include the £26m creation of a business park on the former coalfields at Chatterley Valley; a £10m scheme to create a University Quarter in Stoke-on-Trent; and a £9.5m project to create a Business District on the site of Unity House.

The Wedgewood Museum Trust is also looking to create a £1m museum on brownfield land at Barlaston.

The proposals were handed to the regional development agency Advantage West Midlands for approval.

Chief executive John Edwards at Advantage West Midlands said: “The key projects presented to the Agency for appraisal reinforce the vision that Stoke-on-Trent is indeed ‘on the up’ – and on the road to a prosperous economy with thriving communities.