97 home eco-village between Gloucester and Stroud gets second green light

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PLANS to build a 97 home eco-village between Gloucester and Stroud have been approved for a second time, writes Leigh Boobyer.

Developer Custom Land was given planning permission to build 97 homes as part of a new sustainable estate on land off Naas Lane, in Quedgeley, last August.

The development is near the Gloucester to Bristol railway line, and it joins onto two separate major estates which are currently under construction: Hunts Grove’s 1,750 homes and Marconi Drive’s 120 homes.

However, Gloucester City Council’s planning committee gave the developer’s application to build the new village the go ahead again after matters to do with affordable housing, education and highways had sent it back to planners.

The authority’s planning committee unanimously approved the development in a meeting on Tuesday evening (February 2).

According to the council report, the developer should pay more than £89,000 less in Section 106 contributions due to Gloucestershire County Council’s education department’s new calculation of post-16 school places.

Section 106 money offsets the impact of new developments and are paid to local authorities by developers when planning permission is agreed.

The proposal is the same as the one unanimously approved by councillors last year

That means of the 97 homes, 73 are proposed as open market with 24 properties (25 per cent) as affordable housing, and open spaces, cycle lanes and footpaths, and a play area will also be considered.

In a design and access statement, compiled for the developer by Wilderness, they said: “Our vision is to provide an attractive, high quality housing scheme at Quedgeley, Gloucester, which fits sensitively within its context, is accessible, attractive and which creates a sustainable development tailored to contribute towards the housing needs of the district.

“The development will be designed to reduce carbon, save energy, conserve water and enhance biodiversity.

“The development will seek to reflect the best qualities of housing found in the area whilst responding to the need to create a 21st century neighbourhood.”

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