Plans on show for 1,500 homes in Sharpness as GreenSquare Group and Hunter Page Planning look to build garden village

Plans on show for 1,500 homes in Sharpness

Plans on show for 1,500 homes in Sharpness

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SHARPNESS could be home to 1,500 houses in the near future as developers look to build a garden village, complete with a school and shops.

The public are being invited to a consultation event to find out more about the aspirations for the development on land either side of the B4066 at Sharpness.

Led by GreenSquare Group and involving Hunter Page Planning, work has been carried out on the proposals for the last two years.

The plan is to create a new garden village of 1,500 homes that will be delivered in Stroud District Council’s local plan period up to 2031.

The development has the potential for a new village centre with a food store, small shops and offices.

In addition, the provision of other services including a doctors surgery and a new school, will assist in complementing local services.

New bus routes will also be a key feature.

Two public exhibitions are being held, with one being at Sharpness Village Hall on Tuesday, July 1 from 4pm until 7pm and another on Wednesday, July 2 from 4pm until 7pm at Old Town Hall, The Shambles in Stroud.

Jo Curson, head of development at GreenSquare, said: “We hope people take the opportunity to come along to our public consultation events about the proposed development in Sharpness.

“The events will give them the chance to find out more about the ideas we have for this site – and give us the chance to hear their thoughts, concerns and ideas.

“As a locally-based community-focused developer, this is a very important part of the process for us.”

Jamie Lewis of Hunter Page Planning said, “We look forward to hearing from the community about this exciting proposal.

“We have been working on this project for over two years and have already undertaken significant technical work on the site in relation to landscape and visual, ecological, flood risk, arboriculture and highways matters.

“Development on this site will help Stroud District Council fulfil its increased housing obligations in a sustainable way using existing highways infrastructure. Given the strategic importance of this site we have widened the normal consultation area and not limited it to the adjacent communities.”

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7:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bargee1972 says...

Why do outsiders keep wanting to dump houses on Sharpness, The history of Sharpness is based around the dock , and it is important that it stays that way.
Any large development is not wanted by real locals.Villages need to grow naturally with small scale developments, not ruined like this or the daft ideas of Canal & River Trust.

And why have they used a picture of Purton in this story, perhaps they don't really know where Sharpness is?
Why do outsiders keep wanting to dump houses on Sharpness, The history of Sharpness is based around the dock , and it is important that it stays that way. Any large development is not wanted by real locals.Villages need to grow naturally with small scale developments, not ruined like this or the daft ideas of Canal & River Trust. And why have they used a picture of Purton in this story, perhaps they don't really know where Sharpness is? bargee1972
  • Score: 7

7:57am Sat 28 Jun 14

Localresident2 says...

This development would not only be unnecessary but intensive and insensitive to the community and the surrounding areas. So why the public consultation held in Stroud? Is there an alternative hidden agenda here?

Green Square - Will you actually take account of people's comments and contributions...or are you just going through the motions? I, for one, will certainly be making my opinion loud and clear and would encourage others to do the same. 1500 houses are not necessary - really, come on!
This development would not only be unnecessary but intensive and insensitive to the community and the surrounding areas. So why the public consultation held in Stroud? Is there an alternative hidden agenda here? Green Square - Will you actually take account of people's comments and contributions...or are you just going through the motions? I, for one, will certainly be making my opinion loud and clear and would encourage others to do the same. 1500 houses are not necessary - really, come on! Localresident2
  • Score: 10

8:22am Mon 30 Jun 14

the_fatadder says...

Garden Village? More Like blending Sharpness/Newtown, Berkeley and Wandswell into a town!

Given the difficulty Persimmon had selling the 65 houses they built in Newtown (some being sold at huge discounts to clear them off the books.) how on earth to the developers think they will sell 1500.

All that loss of green space, along with the lost identiy of the villages they are expanding. its madness, and I will be writing to our MP to express my concerns. It would be far more sensible to build on the edge of Stroud / Stonehouse where the hosues are actually wanted, and continue to build small scale developments more inkeeping with our villages.
Garden Village? More Like blending Sharpness/Newtown, Berkeley and Wandswell into a town! Given the difficulty Persimmon had selling the 65 houses they built in Newtown (some being sold at huge discounts to clear them off the books.) how on earth to the developers think they will sell 1500. All that loss of green space, along with the lost identiy of the villages they are expanding. its madness, and I will be writing to our MP to express my concerns. It would be far more sensible to build on the edge of Stroud / Stonehouse where the hosues are actually wanted, and continue to build small scale developments more inkeeping with our villages. the_fatadder
  • Score: 11

9:53pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Docker#1 says...

What we have been told:

Behind Green Square are Housing Assciations from Wiltshire and Oxford (hardly local).

Their primary aim is to initially provide @300 affordable homes - this will be bigger than Newtown and Sharpness.

They propose to provide improved bus services - bus who will fund this in the future (similar developments have found services pulled after a year or so).

Stroud district identifies a requirement for @9000 new homes - this development is not included in the current or proposed plans.

Local plan suggests Brown field sites should take priority - this proposal is based on the fact that Green Square propose to purchase the site from local farmers, at inflated prices thus losing agricultural land forever.

Local plan envisages siting new developments near Urban Areas where employment need is greatest - Sharpness is about as far away as you can get.

Proposed development envisages creation of new village hub and services - in competition to existing services (which is not in accordance with local plan objectives) - developers naively believe that 1500 homes would create enough need for shopping centre to rival Dursley(!?)

Etc, etc, ad nausium
What we have been told: Behind Green Square are Housing Assciations from Wiltshire and Oxford (hardly local). Their primary aim is to initially provide @300 affordable homes - this will be bigger than Newtown and Sharpness. They propose to provide improved bus services - bus who will fund this in the future (similar developments have found services pulled after a year or so). Stroud district identifies a requirement for @9000 new homes - this development is not included in the current or proposed plans. Local plan suggests Brown field sites should take priority - this proposal is based on the fact that Green Square propose to purchase the site from local farmers, at inflated prices thus losing agricultural land forever. Local plan envisages siting new developments near Urban Areas where employment need is greatest - Sharpness is about as far away as you can get. Proposed development envisages creation of new village hub and services - in competition to existing services (which is not in accordance with local plan objectives) - developers naively believe that 1500 homes would create enough need for shopping centre to rival Dursley(!?) Etc, etc, ad nausium Docker#1
  • Score: 2

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