Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

Policy SA16: Land off Lower Eastgate Street

Ward / Postcode / GeoRef

Westgate / GL1 1QT / E: 383542 N: 218189

Gross Site Area:

0.13 ha.

Allocation:

Approximately 15 residential dwellings.

Description and overview

Urban infill site on lower Eastgate street. The area is a busy city centre location with a relatively large number of commercial uses in proximity. The site offers the opportunity for a small higher density development of residential dwellings, within the city centre boundary and near the transport hub.

Site specific requirements and opportunities

Design and layout

  • Enhance the streetscene to Eastgate Street with the opportunity to increase the height of the built form whilst complimenting the existing parade of shops.
  • Any development to the rear will have to be considerate of the relationship to the residential properties along Kings Barton Street. These properties have limited rear gardens and are at risk of being overlooked or overshadowed.
  • The scale of any development at the rear must not be overbearing to the existing residential properties.
  • Consideration needs to be given to the neighbouring uses surrounding the site. These include pubs, nightclubs and fastfood outlets. Careful design and mitigation will be required to ensure any proposed development is compatible with existing uses.

Historic environment

  • Site is within the Eastgate & St Michaels Conservation Area. new development must therefore positively respond to the London Road Conservation Area Appraisal and Management document.
  • Various listed buildings in proximity and development must respect the buildings and setting.
  • Desk-based evaluation and possibly a trial trench; Route of the Roman road known as the 'Portway' extends through the northern part of the site and there is evidence of archaeological remains. It is possible that settlement and burial activity of Roman date extends through the site.

Biodiversity

  • Green roofs/walls should be utilised on this site.
  • Creation of bat habitat and roosts as well as swift blocks and the provision for house martins.

Flood risk

  • A site-specific Flood Risk Assessment is required if any development located within Flood Zones 2 or 3 or is greater than one hectare. Other sources of flooding should also be considered.
  • Assessment and implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in accordance with general advice and site-specific recommendations in the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) Level 2 (September 2019).