Homes passed despite fears over ‘cramming’
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.