34,000 more homes in Gloucestershire - now it's over to you
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build thousands of homes on greenbelt sites around the city are a major step closer.
Housing plans which could see more than 6,000 new homes built on the outskirts of Gloucester over the next 18 years will now be made available for residents to scrutinise and give feedback on.
Gloucester City Council gave the Joint Core Strategy it has been working on with its Cheltenham and Tewkesbury counterparts approval to go out to consultation from October 15.
It means people now have six weeks to scrutinise the document.
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Councillor Mary Smith (L, Matson and Robinswood), said: "We are going to have to be realistic about the greenbelt sites.
"We are going to have to give something up if we want houses for our children and their children."
Gloucester's city councillors were the last to give the scheme the go-ahead, which will see 33,449 homes built across the three districts by 2031.
City council leader Councillor Paul James said: "Greenbelt sites are precious and it is not something that we alter lightly. It is not just about houses but employment as well."
Mr James added that he would take into account 'the concerns about flooding and the infrastructure' raised by members on Thursday night.
Coun Kathy Williams (C, Longlevens), said: "The document does not contain enough information. There are concerns about flooding, in the past we have had severe rain and it has caused a lot of problems."
Members from campaign group Save Our Countryside were also at the meeting to raise concerns about using greenbelt sites for the housing.
Alice Ross spoke on behalf of the group and said: "I am deeply sorry for our councillors that they are in this place at the moment, and that they feel that they have to continue with the Joint Core Strategy.
"I am so pleased that they are prepared this time to listen to residents.
"I don't know how the poor roads will be able to cope with the thousands of extra people."
Coun Jim Porter (C, Longlevens) said the development must be employment driven, with the extra residents moving in having decent job prospects to come to.