Draft Gloucester City Plan 2016 - 2031

Draft Gloucester City Plan

Matson and Robinswood Ward

4.30     Matson and Robinswood ward is located to the south of the city with the southern boundary abutting the M5 motorway. Much of the housing stock is post-war social housing and the layout and built form of the ward is strongly influenced by Robinswood Hill which dominates the western third. The ward (and particularly Matson estate) contains high levels of deprivation, low household incomes, a high number of benefit claimants and a lack of employment opportunities. On the positive side, Matson’s residents are fortunate to have good community facilities and easy access to public open space and beautiful rural areas.

SA11: Land Adjacent to St Aldates

Site description and overview:

Located in a residential area, this site is currently occupied by a former church hall which was originally a mission building for the local community.  This wooden structure is in a poor state of repair. Demolition of this structure would release land for development along with part of vicarage grounds and release funds for repair of the listed St Aldates building.

Gross site area: 0.5 ha.

Summary of responses to previous consultation:

  • None – not included in the consultation.

Proposed allocation:

  • Residential development, 20 dwellings.


  • Adjacent to Grade II* Listed Building.
  • Loss of existing community facility to be assessed against policy.
  • Trees with Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) on site.
  • Parking required for residents and for church /community use.

Sustainability Appraisal findings:

  • Minor negative impacts on soil quality and landscape / townscape.

Site specific requirements:

  • 20 dwellings.
  • Equipped children’s play area.
  • Community uses could be accommodated in the church building, post development.