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Plans to transform county town and help business start-ups

A Gloucestershire town is set to get a £2.3 million facelift.

A major scheme for Coleford town centre has been submitted to Forest of Dean District Council.

It includes a new town square and gardens, a mix of high quality housing and commercial units suitable for small business start-ups on the vacant site next to the council offices.

The designs have been subject to two rounds of public consultation and the feedback provided by residents, businesses and the Coleford Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group has helped to shape the plans.

As a result the designs were amended to include additional greenery to enhance the open space area and a reduction in the height of the buildings to complement the surrounding architecture. The aim is to ensure the development does not detract from the landscape view of the town's historic clock tower (pictured).

Councillor Richard Leppington, cabinet member for development, asset management, planning policy, infrastructure and housing said: "I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to feedback during the consultations. The views of the local community have been really important factor in helping to shape the latest designs.

"The scheme has now been submitted to the council's planning department for consideration and we are confident that if the plans are approved the development will enhance the southern gateway to the town and provide much needed homes, commercial units and a versatile public space for residents and visitors to enjoy.

"We are confident that the scheme will improve the overall look of a prominent area of the town's High Street, whilst providing the council with an income stream, which will be channelled back into improving services for the local taxpayer across the district."

The full Lawnstone Square plans and associated documents can be viewed on the Council's website www.fdean.gov.uk under planning reference number P0067/18/FUL.

Comments on the application can be submitted to the council online or in writing by Friday 2 March 2018.

If the plans are approved construction is likely to start in the Spring.

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