A new masterplan for the transformation of Gloucester's Railway Triangle has been approved.
After Gloucester Rugby decided to remain at Kingsholm four years ago - instead of relocating to a new community stadium at the Railway Triangle - the new masterplan was finally approved by the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company (GHURC) Board last Friday.
It sets out a vision for the 30-acre site, which has been derelict for years and is currently owned by Network Rail, to be a sustainable, residential-led mixed use development with green spaces and community orchards connecting the site right through to the City centre.
The plan includes 360 new homes, of which a quarter will be apartments, around 700 square metres of community retail, a health innovations centre, allotment spaces and a landmark pedestrian bridge across the railway line. Network Rail will relocate to the southern part of the Railway Triangle, on the other side of Metz Way.
A series of new connections into the city will be constructed from an area that has never had public access before. These will include a new junction for pedestrians, cyclists and motor traffic off Metz Way, new pedestrian and cycle access crossing the railway onto Derby/Horton Road and another link onto Armscroft Park via an upgraded Blinkhorns Bridge Tunnel.
Direct pedestrian access to the City Centre from Great Western Road will be via the station subway, which is shortly to undergo a £100,000 improvement scheme to improve lighting and security via CCTV.
Chris Oldershaw, Chief Executive of the GHURC, said: “This has always been a challenging site but we now have a scheme which makes sense for the city and for which there is already expressions of interest from the private sector.”