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Three-storey block of flats granted permission in centre of Gloucester Docks

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Written by: Daniel Chipperfield | Posted 19 April 2017 8:01

Three-storey block of flats granted permission in centre of Gloucester Docks

A block of upmarket flats could spring up in the centre of Gloucester Docks as permission has been granted.

Developers County to County Property Group have been given the green light to build 12 flats on vacant land behind the Tall Ships Inn, in Southgate Street.

The 3.5-storey building will also allow room for 24 car parking spaces, 12 bike spaces and consist of one, two and three-bedroom homes.

As part of the plans the current listed wall surrounding the land will be demolished and rebuilt.

It comes after the developer reduced the number of homes proposed from 14 to 12, which will all be on the second and third floors, as well as a 'roof room'.

The brownfield site has been left vacant for years and until recently was home to only towering plants growing well over the height of the wall.

But what is a main approach into the Docks, and part of the Southgate Street Conservation area, will look completely different soon.

The build will extend into the current gardens of 140 and 142 Southgate Street, meaning their gardens will be reduced in size.

Eight of the parking spaces are being earmarked for residents who will live in house 136 to 142 Southgate Street, which are currently being rebuilt under a different planning application.

A spokesman for the developer said in the planning application that there were no reasons to prevent the application going ahead and the homes would be made to a 'good standard'.

"Contextually, the building serves to develop a currently vacant, yet important site, providing a mass which is suitably scaled to provide a visual "step up" between Southgate Street and the Docks," he said.

"The proposals have been carefully considered to ensure that they benefit the Conservation Area, and that they address principles of good urban and architectural design.

"The uses are entirely appropriate to the area, which is well-served by amenities and transport infrastructure."

But Mike Pryszlak, who owns the Albion Cottages, said the plans were a "gross invasion" of the homes.

"My properties have private gardens to the rear, kitchen and bathroom windows that will be totally exposed from the proposed property balconies and windows.

"That type of construction would no doubt in my mind dwarf the historic buildings close by that are situated in this conservation area."


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