Vision for homes inside prison

Images have been released showing the vision for the redevelopment of the former Gloucester Prison.

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City & Country plans to convert listed buildings into 204 homes with car parking, landscaped gardens and a café.

The computer-generated pictures released in planning document submitted to Gloucester City Council as part of the planning application, show the scale of the development. It includes several blocks of apartments and a new access road.

The project would take between four to five years to complete and the first 12 months would be spent demolishing unwanted structures within the old jail.

Six-storey blocks of flats would be built on the western edge of the prison with a four-storey building in the centre of the site and three to four-storey buildings along the perimeter.

The cell block, debtors’ prison, governor’s house and gate house would be saved and converted into apartments. There would be some open space.

The outline of the medieval keep from Gloucester Castle. Discovered in archaeological digs, would be retained if the application was given the green light.

City & Country has said affordable housing is unlikely to feature in the plans.

The new road would link with the River Severn to the west of The Quay and the gatehouse would be the entrance.

The “harsh backdrop” of Commercial Road would be replaced by “an area of planting” with seating and trees to “change people’s perception of the place and its history”, said the planning statement.

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