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Gloucester City Council - Joint Core Strategy decision day - live coverage

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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Gloucester City Council last night voted in favour of the Joint Core Strategy which will see thousands of new homes built in the county.

Some 31,500 homes are planned between 2011 and 2031. The strategy outlines where new housing and employment sites could go, as well as plans for new infrastructure such as roads, schools and community facilities.

The plan will be sent to the Government for approval.

New strategic housing sites include:

Innsworth - 1,250

North Churchdown - 532

South Churchdown - 868

North Brockworth - 1,500

North West Cheltenham - 4,785

South Chelt Leckhampton - 1,124

MOD Site at Ashchurch - 2,125

Total: 12,184 homes

Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “Developers would have a field day if we do not approve this plan. Not approving it would give developers unconditional opportunities and it would be difficult to refuse planning applications in areas that are totally unsuitable.”

Councillor Chris Witts (LD, Elmbridge) said: “I have had concerns about this. We are going into the unknown. It will be the biggest decision I will take in my 14 years as a councillor. I can see the bigger picture and the future where the younger generation are entitled to decent housing.”

Councillor Declan Wilson (LD, Hucclecote) said: “We are leaving a terrible legacy to the next generation including unaffordable housing. This is because we are not building enough houses. It is a simple matter of supply and demand. I am going to vote for the next generation because they quite frankly need all the help they can get.”

Councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group, said: “It is not lightly that we are taking this decision. This allows us in Gloucester to have a future plan for a housing need that already exists. There are people who can’t afford to buy a property. We need a plan and this is it.”

But not every councillor agrees with the plan and councillors were not divided down party lines.

Councillor Jim Porter (C, Longlevens) said: “In Longlevens we are already struggling with congested roads and our doctor’s surgeries and schools are full. We cannot cope with any more development.”

Councillor Kathy Williams (C, Longlevens) said: “The impact of new homes will be devastating for my area. The recent bad weather saw both sides of the A38 covered in water and it became a marshland. Some of those areas are now being considered for building. Currently 570 homes are being built in Longford Lane. This will have a serious impact on people living here.”

Follow the meeting here with Mike Wilkinson:


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  • jas37  |  April 09 2014, 10:50PM

    It's a pity that the Twigworth site has been withdrawn. This was probably the most appropriate area for large scale Housing development. 3000+ Homes fairly close to Gloucester City Centre would have been of great benefit. The flooding protests were a red herring. Accompanying water catchment/ water management features could have reduced any potential flooding in the Longford area. Now the problem may remain indefinitely.

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  • Matt1006  |  April 09 2014, 10:02AM

    Good question, Lecorche. That list of sites only accounts for 39% of the total new homes. A few of the remaining will be on individual in-fill plots, but they will only be a tiny fraction of the total 31,500. The list above includes some very large developments, but there must be a number more that aren't on the list to make up another 19,000 homes. A full list might be useful - or are Joe Public not allowed to know such information?

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  • Lecorche  |  April 09 2014, 9:24AM

    So where are the 19000 homes that are not on the list of sites going to be built?

  • Aletheia  |  April 09 2014, 12:27AM

    So, apart from Ashchurch, all the development is going to take place in Gloucester and Cheltenham's urban area. As usual, Stroud and the Cotswolds are taking nothing it would appear. It is about time that District Councils were scrapped and we had one unitary authority for the county. That way the Cotswolds, which includes Cirencester and Stroud area would also have to do their bit and step up because, as someone who does not originally come from this area, it is plainly obvious that the moneyed east and south of the county dump on the shire city. Why can't they build a few thousand houses at Cirencester which has an excellent road network?

  • jas37  |  April 08 2014, 9:36PM

    I was under the impression that around 270 new Homes are being built in Longford lane. Where is the site of the other 300 mentioned by Kathy Williams?