Sharpness Docks' redvelopment plans unveiled
A LARGE amount of interest was shown by nearby residents to the plans for the Sharpness Docks Estate at a public exhibition held last week.
Navigation House at the docks saw over 230 visitors on Wednesday (August 21) afternoon who were keen to see the drawings for the 100-acre planned redevelopment, as well as seeing if their concerns could be addressed.
The proposals, which form part of Stroud District Council’s development plan up until 2031, have been suggested by landowner of the estate, the Canal and River Trust, whose staff were on hand to answer questions from the public.
The charity hopes to take advantage of the marina, canal and the undeveloped land in the area with plans for 300 houses as well as a complete makeover of the marina area, which will include a hotel, restaurant and several other retail outlets.
The marina itself will be enlarged to allow 120 more berths and the docks will also see a significant expansion of its industrial arm, with 7.5 hectares earmarked so far.
The trust is also proposing that the rail line is protected for future rail-freight opportunities to the south of the estate.
Also part of the plans is an attempt to restore the former Vindicatrix Campsite with upmarket camp pitches and eco-lodges.
The adjacent deep basin is to be utilised for water-based recreation and water sports.
Other recreational facilities will include a community football pitch, community gardens, informal green space and equestrian development is also planned.
A recurring concern raised at the exhibition was the inevitable increase in traffic and whether the local road infrastructure could handle it, which the trust said it would look into.
Development manager of the site, Catherine Rogers, thanked the visitors for coming to the exhibition and said the feedback had been predominantly positive "We are going to take on board the comments to see if the plans can be further improved," she said.
"We think this is a really exciting opportunity to improve the Sharpness Estate and will look to involve local people as much as we can as the plans progress to detailed designs."
The first phase of residential development is expected to take place within five years, subject to further consultation and planning applications.
A spokesman for the trust told the Gazette that they could not give a definitive cost of the project until further detailed plans were made.
Find out local residents' views on the plans in this week's Gazette.
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