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Waterside community set to transform Brimscombe Port

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A WATERSIDE community is a step closer after important infrastructure works were approved.

Brimscombe Port, a large inland port that was replaced by factories in the 1950s and 60s, has been proposed to be turned into more than 150 homes and bring the historic canal basin back to life.

Stroud District Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the demolition of units in the business park and industrial estate, as well as rebuild the canal basin and highways infrastructure.

Also proposed in the wider plans is for Brimscombe Port to be the destination of the eastern end of a new nine-mile stretch of canal between Saul and Thrupp, which will open by 2023.

Some of the old industrial buildings have been used by charities, businesses, and the popular Rush Skate Park and Inside Football on a temporary basis, but the district council said it has had “positive conservations with tenants” to help them find somewhere new.

The council can work towards finding a development partner to transform the former industrial site with more than 150 new homes in sustainable development with employment, commercial, retail, leisure, public space, community, and business opportunities.

“This is an important development for Brimscombe, the Golden Valley, and the wider district,” said Council Leader Doina Cornell. “Our vision is for ‘an exemplar and sustainable community, integrated with the existing surroundings’ and now we want to find a developer to work with so we can make this a reality. We hope to move ahead soon to procure a development partner who will work with the council and other stakeholders so we can come up with the right design.”

The next step will be to procure a developer partner, then draw up a detailed planning application for the redevelopment proposals – that will be preceded by more public consultation. Future plans for cycle provision should be addressed during this process. Although it is a brownfield site there are some heritage buildings including the Listed stone-built Port Mill and Salt Warehouse, which will be retained.

“The next steps will be critical in achieving the sort of development we want in the heart of our community. Timing will be important to minimise the period the site is unoccupied” said Thrupp ward councillor Martin Whiteside. “The Council and development partner will need to work with the community and other stakeholders to design something we can all be proud of. We need to understand the financial and physical constraints of a narrow brownfield waterside site – but also realise the opportunities. Nature, sustainable travel, community facilities and energy efficiency will all be important.”

To find out more, visit: www.stroud.gov.uk/brimscombeport  

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