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Affordable homes at heart of Gloucester development

Plans to create an urban village with around 300 homes on the edge of Gloucester city centre are likely to take a major step forward next week.

Gloucester City Council's cabinet is due to discuss the develop on 15 acres next to St Oswald's Retail Park next week.

Councillors are expected to give the go ahead for officers to work with Rooftop Housing Association on the project which would see a third of the houses available to buy, a third set aside for affordable rent and the last portion sold under shared ownership.

Councillor Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for planning and housing strategy, said: "This is an exciting and ambitious building project which could provide much needed high-quality and affordable homes for people who need them.

"There are a number of hurdles ahead, but we are committed to increasing the supply of homes available for families and meeting the challenges of a growing population."

The development would use minimal energy and a sustainable urban drainage system that takes account of biodiversity, water quality and flooding.

The Council's new social value policy would ensure that benefits from the development, which could see more than £30million invested, would be accessed by local communities through jobs, training opportunities and community projects.

Councillor Jeremy Hilton, Liberal Democrat leader on the city council who represents the area on Gloucestershire County Council, said: "In principle, I fully support the proposals to build up to 300 new homes here, they are very much needed.

"The urban village will be a great improvement to the wasteland that is there at the moment.

"I shall keep a watching brief on the actual planning application. One of the most important aspects of any planning application is that it has enough public open space and also a play area for local children to use."

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