Draft Gloucester City Plan 2016 - 2031

Draft Gloucester City Plan

Westgate Ward (North)

4.35     The northern part of Westgate ward includes the City Centre, Alney Island Nature reserve and St Oswald’s Retail Park.  A large proportion of the eastern part of this area is in Flood Zone 3.

SA19: Land adjacent to Eastgate Shopping Centre

Site description and overview:

The site is located in Gloucester city centre adjacent to a Scheduled Monument and a new residential development. On site is an existing market hall and former bowling green. The site is located in the Regeneration Area.

Gross site area: 0.32 ha.

Summary of responses to previous consultation:

  • None – not included within the consultation.

Proposed allocation:

  • Up to 5,000 sq. m gross retail, with other main town centre uses.

Constraints:

  • Adjacent to Scheduled Monument.
  • Within City Centre Conservation Area.
  • Located in archaeologically very sensitive area – further assessment and potentially extensive mitigation required.
  • Vehicular access to site is a constraint - pedestrian only?

Sustainability Appraisal findings:

  • Potential minor negative impact on the historic environment.

Site specific requirements:

  • 5,000 sq. m. gross retail and/or residential development contributing to city centre viability and enhanced public surveillance.

 

SA20: Land at St Oswalds

Site description and overview:

This is a vacant site surrounded by retail development. Residential development is under construction adjacent to the site. Housing development could be a continuation of these developments. The site is located in the Regeneration Area and a priority site in the Housing Zone.

Gross site area: 2.5 ha.

Summary of responses to previous consultation:

  • None – not included within the consultation.

Proposed allocation:

  • Residential development, 60 dwellings.

Constraints:

  • Flood risk.
  • Possible contamination from previous uses.

Sustainability Appraisal findings:

  • Major negative SA scores for flood risk. Problematical and improbable because of known sustainability issues; mitigation likely to be difficult and/or expensive.

Site specific requirements:

  • 60 dwellings to include affordable units.
  • Contributions to open space.
  • Equipped Children’s play area.
  • Contribution to formal sport.

SA21: Former Town Ham Allotments off Westend Parade

Site description and overview:

The site is located to the north west periphery of the city, directly adjacent to existing Travelling Showpeople sites at Pool Meadow and Fairview. The site is owned by the City Council, is well located in terms of access to the road network and fairly close to the city centre. Given the proximity to the existing Travelling Showpeople community and in the light of the need identified in the most recent assessment, this site could form a useful extension/addition to existing sites.  The City Council is currently undertaking the necessary investigations to determine deliverability.

Gross site area: 1.1 ha.

Summary of responses to previous consultation:

  • None – not included within the consultation.

Proposed allocation:

  • Depending on the outcome of assessment work, a site for Travelling Showpeople – either residential use, open storage use, or a mixture of both.

Constraints: 

  • Access limitations.
  • Land contamination and instability.
  • Presence of a high pressure gas pipe.
  • Flood risk.
  • Presence of mature trees and potentially ecologically sensitive areas.
  • The site has unknown archaeological potential. Further archaeological assessment and mitigation may be required.

Sustainability Appraisal findings:

  • Yet to be tested.

Site specific requirements:

  • If the site is found to be deliverable for a residential purpose, an element of affordable accommodation may be required.