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Eight new homes for Hempsted farm site approved

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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On camera.. the moment councillors voted through the plans

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EIGHT new houses will be built on a former Hempsted farm site.

City councillors approved plans by Newland Homes to demolish dilapidated buildings at Newark Farm to make way for the new properties.

Tom Sheppard, design manager for the property developer, said: “The site has not been used for a number of years and the buildings have sadly become unsafe. They are beyond repair. Replacement buildings have been designed specifically for this site.

“Newland Homes prides itself on understand the locations that it wants to develop.”

The developer has also agreed to give £22,000 toward improvements at Hempsted Primary School as well as introducing measures to protect badgers and bats on the site.

But nearby resident Robert Fleming said: “This would not bear any relationship to the rest of the estate. They wish to make this a gold standard estate but this seems unlikely with this.”

The plans were recommended for approval by Gloucester City Council’s planning department and voted through by every councillor on the planning committee.

Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) said: “The design is of a high quality and is quite sympathetic to the area. It is important to have a mixture of housing types.”

He added that he wanted to see one of the farm buildings protected because of its historical nature but planning officer Adam Smith warned that it would be ‘a heck of a job’ to repair it.

Councillor Mark Hobbs (L, Moreland) said: “It is not overdeveloped. It is quite nice to have developments like this. I am happy with the rebuild that is being done. It will virtually mimic what is already there.”

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  • jas37  |  April 01 2014, 9:56PM

    Good to see common sense has prevailed.

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