Gloucestershire Gazette Comment: Sharpness a future tourist hotspot?
THE PLANS for Sharpness certainly look exciting and the Gazette is looking forward to seeing more details and drawings at the exhibition next week, as well as residents’ views on the development.
An expanded marina, extra homes, eco-lodges for camping and various commercial facilities in the small village is a stark contrast to a lot of what has been suggested for the Stroud district in the council’s local plan.
Many of the areas of focus, including Cam, seem to entail large numbers of houses with associated infrastructure, with the belief that the jobs will follow.
But the landowner for Sharpness Docks, the Canal and River Trust, is looking at introducing a wide range of reasons why people should live there, work there, do business there and visit for short breaks.
A plan of this size and ambition is sure to generate both interest and concern from nearby residents with many implications still possible at such an early stage.
A local councillor has said that, while initial reactions have been positive, reservations have been felt about congestion on narrow roads and potential contamination and noise pollution from the docks.
There is also a worry that many homes filled will simply be holiday homes for wealthy families, thus obviously not providing the same benefits as those living all year round and working close by.
So it remains to be seen whether Sharpness Docks can take some of Gloucester Docks’ tourist trade and become a jewel in Stroud district’s crown.
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