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Fast food drive-thrus and shops planned next to waterway

A new fast food drive-thru and retail centre may be built on the outskirts of Gloucester.

The site under consideration is the former Cemex concrete production centre off Bristol Road not far from Netheridge Swing Bridge.

Situated on the banks of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, the proposed development has six units including Subway and Costa Coffee drive-thrus, Greggs sandwich shop, a convenience store and a car hire business.

The plans produced for Foden Estates show the site as being only 100 metres from the major intersection of the A38 Cole Avenue, Bristol Road and A430, ensuring plenty of passing custom.

Experts say the new centre would not impact on existing retail centres in neighbouring Quedgeley and Windsor Drive.

But not everyone is happy with the scheme. The Environment Agency says it objects to the proposal for the site, known as the Old Log Pond.

The Agency says a section of Whaddon Brook crosses the site to outfall into the canal and it wants the reinstatement of the culvert to benefit the local flood regime.

Amended plans do not address these recommendations, says the Environment Agency.

After several months of consulations, Gloucester City Council planners are expected to consider the scheme in the near future.

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