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New Gloucester housing development given the green light by planners

The redevelopment of a charity's site in Gloucester, with the creation of 46 accessible homes, has been approved by Gloucester City Council planners despite numerous objections.

Picture: Gloucester City Council Planning

Barnwood Trust, which as the name might suggest is based in Barnwood, has had its plans approved for neighbourhood housing at Manor Gardens, which fronts Barnwood Road in Gloucester.

At the time of planning submission, the Trust said that the project will showcase high-quality contemporary and accessible home design, with shared space for socialising and the opportunity for a supportive community to grow.

The approved scheme will see 40 one and two-bedroom apartments; four three-bedroom houses; and two three-bedroom dorma-bungalows built on Newstead Road.

CGI of the approved development. Picture: Gloucester City Council Planning

This new accommodation will replace 23 obsolete one-bedroom flats, some workshops and garages, and also Wheatstone House.

Site plan. Picture: Gloucester City Council Planning

The proposals were met by 16 objections from local residents, who voiced their concerns over safety of residents, traffic and parking problems, scale and height of the development as well as loss of light and the new buildings overlooking other properties.

Lawrence Miller

When the flagship project was originally unveiled in 2019, Lawrence Miller, who is overseeing the project, said: "We hope to build a number of new homes on the site that will be spacious, light and airy with ample accessibility for those with limited mobility, giving a roomier feel than usual.

"Both the newly renovated bungalows and the newly built homes at Manor Gardens will benefit from a leafy and relaxed environment which we hope will enhance wellbeing for people who live there."

Once construction is complete, homes will be available to rent, with a mix of market-rate and subsidised-rates being offered.

Work looks to begin later this year on the historic site, which dates back more than 200 years.

The location of the site indicated in orange. Picture: Google

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