PLANS for a major redevelopment of land at Sharpness Docks have been submitted.

The Canal and River Trust has been consulting on its ‘garden village’ proposals for the last few years but has now lodged a formal application with Stroud District Council.

Proposals for the development of the 102-acre site were first put forward by the Canal and River Trust, which owns the land, in 2013 and since then a number of consultation events have been hosted by the organisation.

The most recent, held at Sharpness Village Hall in February, was attended by dozens of residents who, despite being mostly supportive of the proposal, raised concerns about access to the site.

Submitted on Monday, the application has already received three formal objections - all focusing on the use of Oldminster Road.

Amongst them was Heather Milliner who said: “I am very concerned that the road leading up to the proposed new development - namely Oldminster Road - will be inadequate for the increased amount of traffic. 

“The road is congested now, particularly at the Newtown end, so more traffic will just make the situation worse.”

The issue has been raised by district councillor for Berkeley Vale Gordon Craig who suggested the use of Bridge Road as access to the area instead.

Alongside 300 proposed homes, of which 90 would be made available for social rent, the promotion of tourism features heavily in the submitted plans.

As many as 100 holiday lodges could be built alongside the development of two marinas and the provision of new industrial space which could create the equivalent of 682 full-time jobs.

Development of the site features in Stroud District Council’s key planning document - the local plan.