£2Million Cash Injection
Plans to redevelop Brimscombe Port are a major step closer after approval for a £2million cash injection from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Creating a viable development site
The investment will be used to make the former port a viable development site for housing, shops and other recreational uses.
Cllr Geoff Wheeler, leader of Stroud District Council, pictured below said:
“This significant investment will help us revitalise and regenerate this historically significant site. It will help attract private sector investment and allow us to unlock the area’s potential to be an inspiring destination.”
The exact mix of the main development has yet to be decided but it is hoped it would see:
A brief history
Brimscombe Port, once the base for the headquarters of the Thames & Severn Canal, was a bustling transportation hub where cargo was transferred between the narrow barges sailing from the River Thames and the wider vessels from the Severn. The port was closed in 1933. The canal basin was filled in after the Second World War and in the 1960s an industrial estate was built, which has since declined. (See the third pic) The site is currently owned by The Stroud Valleys Canal Company and was bought from British Waterways with government funding.
Early plans held up by 2011 economic downturn
Plans to redevelop the port were put on hold in 2011 due to the economic downturn.
Last month the HCA came up with a potential contribution to develop the site’s infrastructure. Now that this investment has been approved, work will begin on plans for a bridge at Brimscombe Hill, the routes for the river and canal, and a new access to the site.
'Thrilled to invest'
Peter Wynn, Area Manager for the Homes and Communities Agency said:
“We are thrilled to be able to invest in Brimscombe Port, and regenerate what was once a thriving hub for the local community. We are committed to creating successful places with new homes and jobs. Brimscombe Port has the potential to transform unused land into something really special for local people. We look forward to seeing the plans develop.”
Cllr Wheeler added:“The funding from the HCA is a game changer, as it will pay for much of the fundamental infrastructure work to make it more attractive to developers.”
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