The regeneration of the Podsmead estate could take another step forward if councillors give the green light to a draft agreement for land to be transferred to Gloucester City Homes (GCH).
Gloucester City councillors at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday 10th January could agree to sell eight acres of land to GCH to enable the ambitious scheme to go ahead.
The development would see the construction of up to 177 new affordable homes as well as new retail, recreation and community facilities along with enhanced areas of open space including a park and play area.
The land would be sold to GCH at below market value as part of the council’s contribution to the scheme.
It is intended that the development would take place over a four-year period, starting early next year.
Among the benefits for residents are a revamped shopping area on Podsmead Road and a clearer pedestrian route linking Tuffley and Bristol Road, to make it safer for people walking to school, and accessing local sports pitches and parks.
The development will honour the council’s commitment to the environment and to addressing climate change by minimising energy usage in the construction methods and in the energy efficiency of the new homes.
The development will also have a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) that takes account of biodiversity, water quality and flooding.