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Work Starts on Mixed Use Scheme

Work has begun on a mixed-use development, which will produce 1,300 homes and hundreds of jobs opportunities, in Innsworth near Gloucester.

Developer Robert Hitchins is behind the shceme, with national house-builder Taylor Wimpey undertaking the residential side of the build. Work on a major roundabout on the A40 Gloucester bypass is also due to start in a matter of months. This will provide the main access point to Innsworth Park and will eventually link back to Innsworth Lane.

Once the scheme has been completed, it will include retail and leisure facilities at a ten-acre district centre, as well as commercial opportunities at a four-acre office park, and a 6.7-acre business park.

A new primary school, sports and leisure facilities as well as extensive landscaping are also included in the plans. The new roundabout will be between Longford and Elmbridge Court roundabouts, with a spine road being built leading from the A40 to Innsworth Lane, which will provide greater connectivity with the North East, Churchdown, Staverton and Cheltenham.

Senior Development Manager of Robert Hitchins Michael Plimmer said: “Since planning permission was granted in 2017, a huge amount of preparation work has taken place and we are now pleased to be in a position to get started in earnest.

“It’s an exciting scheme which will give a massive boost to the local economy. It will not only deliver 1,300 much-needed homes to the edge of Gloucester, but will also bring important new local facilities to the growing population on the north side of Gloucester with an estimated 700 job opportunities in the district centre, office park and business park.”

The full development at Innsworth Park will take place in phases, the road and infrastructure and primary school should be completed by 2021. The residential area, which will consists of two, three and four-bedroom homes, has been named Whittle Park, in honour of local hero, Sir Frank Whittle, creator of the jet engine.

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