An early draft of an article due to be published by the Gloucestershire Echo tomorrow.

9.30am – EXCLUSIVE – 7,800 more new homes for Gloucestershire
09:30 – 22-July-2008
Gloucestershire Echo

Gloucestershire will have to take an extra 7,800 homes, ministers announced today. A development blueprint published by the Government today confirms proposals for more than 50,000 new houses to be built in the county over the next two decades, despite warnings over flooding and the credit crunch. It would see another 7,800 homes added in Gloucestershire, bringing the total for the period 2006-2026 to 56,400.

This is despite warnings that government efforts to help the flood recovery would be “rendered worthless” if thousands of houses were built in vulnerable areas. There had also been calls for housing figures in Gloucestershire to be revised downwards because of the global economic downturn.

A 12 week public consultation now gets underway on the Government proposals for additional housing, ending on Friday October 17. It is planned to publish the final planning document before the end of the year. The proposals unveiled by the Government support those of an independent panel under which Cheltenham urban area’s total would be cut from 8,500 houses to 8,100 but Tewkesbury would see a massive hike from 10,500 to 14,600. Gloucester sees no change from 11,500, while it is proposed to increase the number of new houses in Stroud by 2,400 to 9,100. Cotswold sees a rise of from 6,000.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ECHO Tuesday 22nd July 2008