Homes passed de­spite fears over ‘cram­ming’

Western Daily Press - - News -

A 100-home es­tate will be built on the edge of Glouces­ter city cen­tre de­spite con­cerns the neigh­bour­hood would be­come “crammed”.

Redrow Homes was granted per­mis­sion to build the prop­er­ties at the site of the for­mer Civil Ser­vice Sports Ground, in Est­court Road.

Last month, Glouces­ter City Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee unan­i­mously re­jected plans for 89 homes on the same site, con­cerned about the loss of green space and lack of af­ford­able hous­ing, but on Tues­day of­fi­cials said the de­vel­oper’s lat­est ap­pli­ca­tion, com­plete with 11 more houses, “over­came con­cerns”.

It was passed by a ma­jor­ity of three, with two mem­bers ab­stain­ing. How­ever, some coun­cil­lors were wor­ried the de­vel­op­ment would put pres­sure on the ward’s only GP surgery, and feared chil­dren’s lives could be at risk be­cause of coaches turn­ing.

Lib Dem coun­cil­lor Jeremy Hilton said he was “dis­ap­pointed”. Af­ter the meet­ing, he added: “It’s cram­ming in as many prop­er­ties as they can on one site and it has no ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity.”

At the meet­ing, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Redrow Homes con­firmed the de­vel­oper would put £1.6 mil­lion to­wards re­place­ment sports fa­cil­i­ties.

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