New village shop and post office for Corse?
NEW homes, a Post Office and village shop are being planned in Corse – but it hasn't met with universal approval.
Developers are eyeing up land at Treona Nurseries, off Gloucester Road, for the scheme and have submitted plans to Forest of Dean District Council.
Villagers currently have to head to neighbouring Staunton to find the nearest Post Office, but that isn't enough to convince some residents of the merits of having their own branch when it means there will be new homes too.
The plan is for 16 homes, alongside the extra amenities.
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Resident Pat Lewis said: "I don't like it. It's too many homes and I have yet to speak to anyone who does like it.
"The Post Office is badly positioned for us in Corse at the moment but I still don't think this should go ahead.
"There's been all sorts of problems with drainage and the bungalows opposite have flooded. You won't be able to get in or out of there either, the access is terrible."
Pat, who chairs Corse Parish Council, said they would hold a meeting to go over the plans soon but stressed she was not speaking on behalf of the authority.
Bloor Homes is behind the scheme, which has been drawn up by planning agents Origin3. A design statement said: "The proposed development will seek to provide 16 new houses, including six affordable homes, a new post office and village store with ancillary living accommodation, make best use of a site which is close to local services and facilities, enhance the character and appearance along Gloucester Road with a frontage that reflects local character, provide new community facilities with a new Post Office and village shop, promoting a local sustainable economy, securing the business's future in the village and provide investment into the local economy and the direct creation of a small number of new jobs."
The application is likely to be heard by the district council's planning committee before May.