Podsmead regeneration plan set for step forward

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.

Planning Appeal lodged for 5G mast on Tuffley Avenue

Residents will remember the application for installation of a 5G mast on Tuffley Avenue, that was rejected last year. The applicants have now lodged an appeal. If residents wish to make new or additional comments they should send them using the instructions on the letter attached. If anyone has difficulty with this process let me know. Applications can be viewed on the council website here.
My original comments are also attached, as well as the site plans. I initially had concerns over the lack of consultation on the original application, as well as the impact on the street scene along Tuffley Avenue. Whilst we need 5G masts, I do not feel this is the right location for one.