GreenSquare invited local people to a consultation evening this week (Monday 12 November), to find out more about its plans for the former Jet & Whittle pub site in Podsmead, Gloucester.
The event, which took place at the ‘Big Local’ hub on Scott Avenue from 3:30pm until 7pm, gave local residents the opportunity to meet with representatives from GreenSquare, Gloucester City Council and Oxbode Housing Association and take a look at the redevelopment proposals. People had the chance to study the proposed site layout and review information on the different types of properties planned along with their proposed internal layouts.
Kirsty Powell, Development and New Business Manager at GreenSquare, said: “We are delighted that local people took the time to come along to the event and share their views on the site plans with us.
“The feedback we received confirmed that local residents are pleased something is being done to improve the current state of the site, which has become quite an eyesore over the past few years. At the consultation, some concerns were raised about the effect of traffic flow and parking in the area, so we will be looking at ways to ensure we have sufficient parking for all residents and guests.
“Our next step is to fine tune the plans, taking into consideration the feedback from the consultation. We are still keen to keep local residents involved and are looking for volunteers from the area to join our design panel, to have further input in the plans. We would like to urge anyone who might be interested to get in touch.”
Jennie Dallimore, City Councillor for Podsmead, also attended the event. Jennie added: “This site has been a major issue for our residents over the past few years and it is a fantastic step forward to have plans for new family homes, to help kick start the regeneration of this area. We are really looking forward to having a positive working relationship with GreenSquare and there are already lots of exciting opportunities for us to work together to help create a stronger and safer environment for Podsmead.”
Eighteen houses are planned for the former pub site, which closed more than four years ago and has since endured a difficult period attracting vandals, thieves and fly tippers who have collectively left the site in a mess. GreenSquare is working in partnership with Gloucester City Council and is hoping that the new homes will be a mixture of affordable houses for rent and houses with a rent-to-buy option.
For more information or to find out about the residents’ design panel, please contact Kirsty Powell on 01793 602837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.