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Housebuilder’s plan just the ticket

An expanding South West housebuilder has been granted planning permission for a development in Cam, which will ease parking congestion around the local railway station.

As part of the proposal for 90 properties, Wainhomes will create a new 40 space car park on land it owns just off Box Road, about 100 metres from Cam and Dursley station, where parking has become an issue for local residents.

With dozens of rail passengers parking their vehicles along Box Road each working day, the road has become restricted and people have raised safety concerns with Cam Parish Council.

Cllr Christina Carter, chair of the parish council, said: "We share the concerns of local residents about this increasingly urgent problem and we will continue to do all we can to find a solution. We are lobbying all of the agencies involved for urgent improvements to the access road and facilities at Cam station."

The Wainhomes application was approved earlier this week by Stroud District Council's Planning Committee.

Carl Haley, managing director of Wainhomes, said: "It is clear that the significant development which has taken place in the area has led to a large increase in use of the station. Our proposal would help address this by providing additional parking space close by. In addition, we will also create electric vehicle charging points.

"Whilst building much needed homes is our core business, our policy is to work with local planning authorities and communities to address issues which can improve people's lives. This initiative is an example of how we can do this."

Work could start on the nine acre site within a few weeks. To be known as Lister Gardens, it would offer 63 homes for sale, 13 for shared ownership and 14 for affordable rent. A registered housing provider for the project will be announced soon.

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