A FORMER elver station is to be transformed into a site for almost 100 storage ‘pods’.
The Bristol Road site, just past the Hempsted bridge, was formerly used as a storage for elver tanks, but it is now vacant.
Gloucester city councillors last week granted permission for a new storage facility on the site, where people will be able to rent one of 97 lock-ups on the hard standing area.
In his report to councillors, planning officer Bob Rustic said: “It is considered that the development would improve the appearance of this vacant site and that the appearance of the storage units are acceptable and appropriate in this industrial context.”
The site, which sits along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, is surrounded by other light industrial units and is an area that developed its industry thanks to the creation of the canal in the 19th century.
City councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) said: “I have got no problem with this because it is in an industrial area but we should look at the canal side to make sure it looks tidy.”
Planning officers have confirmed that the canal side is lined with mature trees and during the summer months much of the site will not be visible to those travelling down the canal.
Fellow councillor Phil McLellan (LD, Barnwood) said: “My concern surrounds the maintenance of these storage units and how they are going to look in a few years time.”
The firm behind the scheme – UK Storage Company – also has a site in Avonmouth. It has said that the number of vehicles coming in and out of the site would be restricted to no more than 70 per week based on what they have seen at their other base.
In recent years, storage facilities such as the one proposed have seen a steady rise in popularity.
In a statement, a planning consultant representing the company said: “UK Storage Company seeks to meet a significant demand for this type of storage facility in the area.
“These units would typically be used for such purposes as domestic storage of furniture, daily storage of tools for tradesman and storage of archive filing for businesses.
“Due to the size of the units, the site is not suited to large scale storage.”
The pods will be laid out in a grid on the site and will be 2.6 metres in height.