Draft Gloucester City Plan 2016 - 2031

Draft Gloucester City Plan

Westgate Ward (South including Hempsted)

4.36     Hempsted has a long history. As a village it was originally part of Stroud District, but was absorbed into Gloucester City in 1967. It now forms part of the wider built up area of the city. Hempsted landfill site is located to the east of the ward and this area is also prone to significant flooding. Hempsted is an attractive village. Recently developed areas around Monk Meadow are almost entirely residential, but there are new areas of employment along the South West Bypass and a new large Sainsbury’s was built in 2009 backing onto the canal.

SA22: Secunda Way Industrial Estate

Site description and overview:

This is a relatively small and narrow site forming vacant land located adjacent to existing employment units. Located off the Hempsted Bypass (Secunda Way) opposite the new housing development at Quayside Way. The site is surrounded by residential, public open space and employment uses. The development of this site for employment uses would form a natural extension to adjacent employment uses, although it is considered B2 Use Class would not be appropriate given the proximity to existing residential properties.

Gross site area: 0.7 ha.

Summary of responses to previous consultation:

  • Development here would be the worst sort of linear development.
  • Development would block the view of the green space west of the bypass.
  • This site is supported.
  • Development of this and other nearby sites would be damaging to the rural character of Hempsted.
  • Further development would not be sustainable.
  • Current infrastructure cannot sustain growth.

Proposed allocation:

  • Employment use.

Constraints:

  • No obvious constraints.

Sustainability Appraisal findings:

  • Minor negative SA scores for soil quality and townscape/landscape. Potential sustainability issues in relation to these areas, but with the possibility of mitigation and/or negotiation.

Site specific requirements:

  • Avoid B2 Use.

SA23: Land at Rea Lane, Hempsted

Site description and overview:

A greenfield site to the south of Chartwell Close, on the south western edge of Hempsted village. The land is agricultural improved grassland bounded by species poor hedge of high to medium landscape sensitivity. The land is adjacent to existing residential properties and would make a small but important contribution to Gloucester’s housing supply.

Gross site area: 1.5 ha.

Summary of responses to previous consultation:

  • Unsuitable development site due to access on Rea Lane.
  • Lack of infrastructure for education and drainage constraints apply.
  • These greenfield areas should be protected from development.
  • Pleasant character of Hempsted would be destroyed.
  • Inappropriate in terms of impact on Landscape Character Area.
  • Adverse impact on character of the old village.
  • Limited access with narrow roads.
  • Already access problems for emergency vehicles.
  • Local school too small to cope with more numbers as a result of development.
  • Instability of land resulting from development of Chartwell close.
  • The Sustainability Appraisal fails to properly assess the Hempsted sites.

Proposed allocation:

  • Residential development of around 35 dwellings.

Constraints:

  • Adjacent strategic Green Infrastructure (Severn and its wash lands).
  • Potential impact on Hempsted Conservation Area.
  • Topography of site constrains development.
  • The site has unknown archaeological potential. Further archaeological assessment and mitigation may be required.
  • Adjacent to Cordon Sanitaire.
  • Access into the site is a constraint and off site highway works may be required to bring the site forward.

Sustainability Appraisal findings:

  • Minor negative SA scores for soil quality, townscape/landscape, city centre & local centres and health. Potential sustainability issues in relation to these areas, but with the possibility of mitigation and/or negotiation.

Site specific requirements:

  • Around 35 dwellings.
  • Enhanced vehicular access to the site.
  • Large children’s play area.