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EXCLUSIVE: Plans submitted for Podsmead regeneration

A planning application has been submitted for the multi-million pound regeneration of the Podsmead estate.

Quattro Design Architects has drawn up the 173-homes scheme on behalf of Gloucester City Homes (GCH).

It includes four new apartment blocks, 80 houses, a new shopping area, a BMX pump track, multi-use games area and enhanced parks, play areas and communal gardens.

The wider regeneration will also see GCH work with the community and make investments to improve existing homes, community facilities and the physical environment.

Headquartered in Gloucester Quays, Quattro is an architectural practice specialising in sustainable design services and is celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2024.

It is also working with GCH on the redevelopment of the landmark Clapham Court tower block in Kingsholm and earlier this year submitted a planning application for that scheme.

Colm Coyle, project lead for Quattro, said: "With projects like Podsmead, we're seeing a massive improvement in affordable housing stock with newer, more sustainable homes replacing inefficient houses and flats - not only is this great news for the environment but also great news for residents, who will see a reduction in their energy bills as a result of well-insulated, efficient, homes.

"It's also great to see the inclusion of amazing spaces for residents to enjoy - from a BMX track and multi-use games areas to LEAPs and LAPs.

"I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with Gloucester City Homes on this exciting project and watching the progress over the coming years."

Plans to invest £90million in the massive regeneration of Podsmead and Matson were first announced in 2017.

Both estates fall into the 10% 'most deprived' in England according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD, 2019).

Masterplans for both projects were completed in 2018 and adopted by the council as Supplementary Planning Guidance.

However, by November 2022 GCH had benched the wider overhaul of the Matson estate due to "limited access to suitable land and increased costs for development and finance".

The Podsmead project also appeared to be floundering amidst the post-Covid economic crisis.

However, GCH was able to get the project back on track after Homes England announced a game-changing "turbo-boost" for regeneration projects in August 2023.

It allowed grant funding provided through the Government's Affordable Homes Programme 2021-26 to be used to replace outdated housing.

The project then took a huge step forward in January when Gloucester City Council signed off the sale of eight acres of council land in Podsmead for £1 to enable the regeneration.

The agreement was finalised after the project was scaled back to make it more deliverable from a mix of 337 affordable and market sale homes.

At the time GCH said the new plan would see eight residential sites and two areas of open space regenerated over four years, commencing in March 2025.

The shopping area on Podsmead Road is also earmarked for a revamp with a clearer pedestrian route linking Tuffley and Bristol Road created.

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