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Plans submitted to transform Stroud industrial estate

Gloucester-based developer Newland Homes  has submitted plans for the transformation of Daniels Industrial Estate, bringing the site into the 21st century.

Subject to approval from Stroud District Council, the seven-acre brownfield site will deliver what Newland Homes calls the next generation of sustainable homes.

The proposed scheme will see the creation of 111 zero and low carbon properties in total, encompassing 88 two and three bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached homes and 23 one and two bed apartments.

Newland Homes say the new homes will be equipped with the latest technology to lower carbon emissions. Air source heat pumps will heat homes, high-performance solar panels to generate electricity and wiring provision for electric car charging points is provided.

In early 2018, the site was granted permission for demolition and redevelopment for a supermarket, a Costa Coffee restaurant and drive-through, and 50 houses (but with no sustainability measures). However, with the proliferation of new supermarkets the operator did not proceed.

Jeremy Drew, developments director at Newland Homes, said: "In our thirtieth year in business we are firmly focused on sustainable homes for the future. Everyone has a role in the fight against climate change, and as an independent housebuilder, it's within our power to do this.

"By reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and removing some of the barriers to living more conscientiously, our latest homes will help occupants to significantly reduce their carbon footprint."

The firm add that the proposed homes will be contemporary in design, with architectural references which pay heed to the industrial and metal fabricating history of the site, such as the use of red brick with large window openings, "north light" roofs, along with specific brick detailing at entrances suited to bespoke metal door canopies.

The Fern House Offices, Gate House and the B&Q store will be retained on site, with their associated employment. Many of the remaining buildings on Daniels Industrial Estate are either vacant, dilapidated or of poor quality, plus there are areas of contamination which require remediation before construction commences.

An existing site entrance from Dudbridge Road will also be retained as part of the redevelopment and a second entrance point for cars will be created on Bath Road.

Two new landscaped spaces will be created for recreational use. New trees and landscaping around the perimeter of the site will be added alongside the existing trees to help ensure privacy for nearby properties, as well as the inclusion of water butts to every home and new hedgehog highways will be introduced.

Newland Homes is starting construction on its first zero carbon housing scheme in North Somerset this month, as it seeks to create a benchmark for the energy efficiency of future homes and respond to the impacts of global climate change.

In Stroud District, the company has most recently completed 33 homes at Whitminster, gaining an LABC Award for excellence in construction standards. Its site of 36 canalside homes at Bowbridge Wharf, near Butterrow Hill was also a finalist for the Best New Housing Development in the LABC West of England Excellence Awards in 2019.

It is anticipated that, subject to approval from Stroud District Council, work could start on site in Summer 2022.

For further information about Newland Homes, please visit www.newlandhomes.co.uk or call 01452 623000.

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