Stroud District Council has started the process of developing a derelict piece of land in Dursley in partnership with Dursley Town Council.
The area that borders May Lane and Prospect Place in the centre of the town has lain derelict for a number of years yet could contain a number of much-needed homes.
The site, which is owned by multiple landowners, has had several failed bids to regenerate it over the years.
Recently the hoardings outside a pair of unoccupied Stroud District Council-owned houses in Prospect Place have been replaced. The buildings have not been used for a number of years due to structural issues.
Council officers have now started the process of engaging with landowners affected in a bid to kick start the scheme.
Councillor Mattie Ross, chair of Stroud District Council’s Housing Committee said: “I’m delighted that news that plans to progress the transformation of this valuable land is being advanced with the support of Dursley Town Council.
“This is a great location for much-needed new affordable homes in the heart of the town.”
Vice-chair Cllr Lucas Schoemaker added: “Our Council Plan supports the delivery of key regeneration sites across the district, especially brownfield sites and long-term empty properties, for local jobs, homes, community facilities and green spaces.”
Cllr Symon Ackroyd, Mayor of Dursley Town Council said: “I look forward to the final option being created and agreed in consultation with Dursley Town Council and its residents. This will then ensure the development meets the needs of the town and enhances this neglected area of land within our town centre.”
Once a range of viable options have been identified council officers will begin consultations with key stakeholders.