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Decision over Asda in Quedgeley deferred but Podsmead housing estate given the nod

By laura_enfield  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

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Angry councillors have been forced to defer a decision over plans for an Asda in Quedgeley.

Residents and the parish council were keen to see the plans given the nod.

But the city council's planning committee was told it could not legally make the decision as some information about the impact on other shops in Gloucestershire still had not been submitted by developers Robert Hitchins.

Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LB, Kingsholm and Wotton) said: "I don't understand why this is on the agenda this evening?

"Even the late material doesn't let us make the decision. It's just not good enough.

"We have no option but to defer but someone needs to sort it out."

Tensions were also high when councillors debated plans for a new housing estate in Podsmead.

Concerns were raised that all social housing had been removed from the scheme off Bristol Road

The 22-acre brownfield site was formerly the home of Wellman Graham, St Gobain and Contract Chemicals.

Dooba Investments V Ltd. already had outline permission to build 340 homes on the site and agreed 15 per cent would be affordable homes.

But it has now been given the nod to build 235 homes and remove all social housing from the scheme.

The amount of developer contributions it has to pay has been reduced from £4,418,585 to £1,218,313.

But Councillor Mary Smith (L, Matson and Robinswood) slammed the plans saying there were 5,332 people or families on the waiting list for a council house.

"We have a duty to help those people, " she said.

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  • QuitTheEU  |  December 08 2012, 12:21PM

    How refreshing that a potential housing development has been given the green light to proceed without the need to offer houses on the site to housing association applicants. Every site built in the last 10 years has a "nice end" and a "bad end". There is nothing more frustrating than working all your life to finance a dream house only to find an "unemployable" family move in next door. They promptly park an untaxed car on the new manicured lawn and leave in there for 20 years. Then they march up to Tekels and buy a mongrel that howls all day in the back garden. Only if you are really fortunate is it possible not to hear the boom boom thud of some unidentified rap emananting from an upstairs open window. The Labour councillor mentioned that some 5000 families are on the housing waiting list but I ask her how have 5 million new immigrants managed to find housing since Labour opened the floodgates in 2000? They wouldn't be jumpimg the housing queue would they?

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  • annalou27  |  December 05 2012, 4:46PM

    Cheers Robert Hitchens, Asda was supposed to be up and running in Sept 2013, someone has even sorted the road out (re-surfaced) ready for use, but I suppose that it will now be closed off for the foreseable future, Kingsway is in Quedgeley, I know some people would rather it wasn't but it is!!!

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  December 05 2012, 4:39PM

    @laura_enfield Ah yeah forgot that, I always say Kingsway though. But will be glad then it is open though.

  • laura_enfield  |  December 05 2012, 3:35PM

    Hi Glos-Lad34 to clarify- the Asda plan is for Kingsway, which is in Quedgeley ward.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  December 05 2012, 3:24PM

    I mean postpone not ignore.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  December 05 2012, 3:10PM

    Ignore Quedgeley bit but they decided to ignored the Asda planning for some houses in Podsmead.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  December 05 2012, 3:07PM

    They should make there mind up on this, I thought the Asda was suppose to be in It Kingsway but now it's going to be in Quedgeley but now it's not going to be built just for some houses make your mind up?

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