More than 200 flats at Gloucester Prison given permission

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Over 200 flats will be built on the site of the old Gloucester Prison after permission was granted for the plans.

Developer City & Country was unanimously granted permission by Gloucester City Councillors to go ahead with the plans.

The Secretary of State had previously been required to see the plans before final approval. However, this was later cancelled and allowed the council to make the decision alone.

Richard Winsborough, Associate Director of Planning at City & Country, said: “This development will provide a new link between the Quays and the city.

“It will also allow people to see the inside of the prison space with the knowledge they can leave whenever they want.”

A sticking point with the original plans had been regarding the prison remains within the site. However, the amended plans see the remains, currently underground within the site, retained as a feature of the development.

Councillor Andrew Lewis (Con, Quedgeley Severn Vale) said: “This is one hell of a complicated site with the archaeology and the listed buildings on site.“The plan is absolutely wonderful and I think credit is due to the developers for putting together this plan given the complexity of the site.”

The listed buildings in the area would be retained within the plans with non-listened structures being demolished to be replaced by seven new structures. Among these would be six story high buildings to accommodate the new homes.

Councillor Gordon Taylor (Con, Abbeymead) said: “Bringing the listed buildings back into use is one of the real positives for this site. 

“This is just one step in a large part of our regeneration plan.”

 Tours currently operate at the prison and the company that provides these has been given permission to continue operating until late 2020. However, City & Country has a break clause in the deal to allow work to begin immediately.