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Centre for Cities 2014: House building booming in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

Linden Homes in Brunswick Road

Linden Homes in Brunswick Road

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More homes are being built in Gloucester at a faster rate than most cities in the country.

The report placed the city in second place, with a 1.1 per cent growth in housing stock between 2011 and 2012.

According to the report, 600 new homes were built in 2012, placing it just behind Milton Keynes, but ahead of Bristol, London and Southampton. And developers have pinpointed the city as a possible place to build more homes.

Work has started on the transformation of Gloucester’s Greyfriars site.

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The 2.4-hectare site in Brunswick Road will be home to 176 apartments and 78 townhouses, with 32 affordable. A doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, office space, restaurants, cafes, bars and community space all form part of the scheme.

Clive Wiltshire, managing director of developers Linden Homes Western, said: “There is no doubt Gloucester is an increasingly desirable place to live – as borne out by the interest in our new scheme Greyfriars Quarter.

“It will add to the increasing vitality at the heart of the city.”

And young people have started moving into new low-cost flats on the site of the old derelict vicarage in Seymour Road. The 14-house scheme by Rooftop Housing will provide temporary accommodation for young people between 16 and 25 years old.

Centre for Cities 2014 report in full

Burnley is at the bottom of the table, together with Birkenhead and Sunderland.

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8 comments

  • Glosislovely  |  February 02 2014, 10:00PM

    Yes more houses built in the city, same size hospital though, no more doctors surgeries built anywhere and the roads are jammed up more than everywhere. I moved here from Cheltenham recently, I wish I didn't have to, had a nice smile from the lady at the City Council office the other day too (NOT). The Citizen this is one of the best places to live in britain, what a lovely city we live in.

  • jas37  |  January 30 2014, 9:53PM

    Thanks Kay, will have another nose.--- RoadWombat, it sounds to me as if you're thinking of the wrong City. The vast majority of new houses built in and around Gloucester in recent years have been built on brownfield sites. Kingsway, Cooper's Edge, The Market Place, Monk Meadow Quay area, the former factory site in Barton Street and now Greyfriars, all predominantly Brownfield land. It sounds as if you have a very sad and blinkered view of the World.

  • Kay_Powell  |  January 30 2014, 5:17PM

    Jas37, the £10 million is referred to in the minutes of the Planning Committee meeting on 8th January 2013 relating to application 12/01114/MOD. Linden Homes had applied to modify the 64 affordable homes down to 32. They held the city council over a barrel, because work had to start on the site by 31st March 2013 or the Homes and Communities Agency would have withdrawn their £10 million funding for the project.

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  • RoadWombat  |  January 30 2014, 4:52AM

    jas37 - I am far from being proud of the fact that we are concreting over every green space surrounding the city. You may think it's "cool", "hip" and "awesomely rad" to live in a shoddily-built concrete jungle which will soon see Cheltenham & Gloucester merge into faceless urban sprawl inhabited by the underclass. I see it as a failure brought about by immigration and an overly-generous benefits system that encourages the idle and feckless to breed at an alarming rate with no consequences for themselves.

  • jas37  |  January 29 2014, 10:15PM

    RoadWombat, Your comment sounds baffling. Why wouldn't any Gloucester resident be pleased to see their Home city growing and proving to be a popular place to live? -Kay, I have searched hundreds of documents but have not so far been able to find any trace of the sum that you mention. Can you point me in the right direction? ( I also think any more than 12.5% affordable/social in this location would not be of benefit to the City Centre)

  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 29 2014, 7:51PM

    Kay if they built any more the place would be full of chavey idiots and the rest of the housing stock would be worthless like Kingsway where there are large number of house owners have been left with houses worth a lot less than the purchase price!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 29 2014, 3:06PM

    Linden Homes has been paid £10 million of public money to redevelop the Greyfriars Quarter, and yet have been allowed to get away with building only 32 affordable homes.

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  • RoadWombat  |  January 29 2014, 1:45PM

    It's as if they're proud of the fact.

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