28 May 2015

Plans for Sharpness homes will provide jobs for local people

Following months of consultation with local residents, interest groups and the wider community, GreenSquare has submitted its planning application to bring hundreds of new homes and job opportunities to Sharpness to help boost the area’s economic growth. 

GreenSquare worked with specialist planning firm Hunter Page Planning Ltd on proposals for the site on land adjacent to B4066 in Newtown. The proposed development will provide 375 new homes, a crèche and a new retail unit. One third of the new homes built will be for affordable rent or for shared ownership, with the rest proposed for sale on the open market. 

The project will also develop a new full-size football pitch with changing rooms to give Sharpness AFC a permanent home and provide opportunities for wider community involvement. 

Laurence Clarke, Land Acquisition Manager, at GreenSquare, said: “We believe this scheme would help to boost economic growth in the area by creating job opportunities for local people, and will greatly benefit the Sharpness community. 

“We’ve held four public consultations over the past year and worked closely with local residents, the parish councils and Stroud District Council, which helped us to shape the proposals and improve them prior to making this planning application.

“At the consultations, people told us that not only is there a demand for housing in the area, but there is also a need for more jobs, and improvements to roads and bus routes. Our proposals will create opportunities for 300 jobs, much needed new homes and provide plenty of public green open spaces. We are also working with Gloucestershire Highways to explore how we can help to improve and maintain transport links in the area.

“If the application is approved, we’ll be able to move swiftly to deliver the new homes helping Stroud District Council to meet their local planning needs and support the long term viability of Sharpness.”

The application has been submitted to Stroud District Council, who will review it by the end of July. Once the application is registered, members of the public will have the opportunity to comment again on the proposals through the Council’s formal consultation.  

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