Sites and premises
The Stroud district, with a population of over 113,000, covers an area of approximately 175 square miles in the south of Gloucestershire. Sites and premises range from ultra modern facilities, to restored historic mills and from major industrial sites, covering many hectares, to former agricultural buildings providing space for micro businesses in rural areas.
The development process within the district will now be more straightforward following the adoption of Stroud District Council’s Local Plan, the first to be adopted in Gloucestershire. In addition to dealing with housing growth, for a further 4700 homes up to 2031, the plan supports the development of 58 hectares of employment land to meet local job forecasts, identifying a range of new sites to meet business needs. These include areas adjoining existing successful business parks at Stonehouse, Quedgeley and Sharpness, highlighted as being attractive to the market, through consultation with the private sector
One site allocated to provide both housing and employment uses is at Brimscombe Port where plans to reinstate the canal basin as part of the Cotswold Canals restoration have been resurrected. The Homes and Communities Agency have committed £2m to the project with the District Council, who lead on the canal restoration, between Stonehouse and Brimscombe, providing another £1m. Supported by the District Council, the Cotswold Canals Trust has also submitted a £15m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to finance the next phase of restoration from Saul to Stonehouse.
While the Local Plan determines where future growth is to be located, commercial development continues apace in the district, highlighting the areas excellent communications, well established infrastructure and skilled workforce and its continuing popularity as a location for business growth and investment.
The largest current build in the district is the development of a new UK headquarters building for Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd. The company, one of the world's leading providers of laboratory and process technologies and equipment, are consolidating on one site. The first phase sees the development of 52,000 sq.ft. of B1/B2/B8 space with the potential to develop a further 35,000 sq.ft. resulting in a possible increase in employment numbers to 250. This landmark development at Robert Hitchins’ Stonehouse Park still leaves space for a range of new high specification offices, from 1,820 sq.ft. to 7,400 sq.ft., at this strategic location close to the M5.
In the north of the district, such has been the success of St Modwen’s Quedgeley West business park, now fully let, that the company have already started speculative development at ‘Gateway 12’, just south of the Waterwells Business Park, Gloucester. The 5.75 hectare site is likely to provide a number of units of around 40K sqft. St Modwen also manage nearby Quedgeley East Business Park and have an option on 34 acres of adjacent land, which has been allocated for employment use in the new Local Plan.
Both sides of Gloucester Services, the new motorway service area between junctions 11a and 12 of the M5 are now fully open. Sister station to the renowned Tebay, the official opening was conducted by HRH the Prince of Wales, with Gloucester Services northbound, already the recipient of a national Civic Voice Design Award, in the New Build category.
One of the fastest growing and high profile companies in the district, Ecotricity, Britain’s leading green energy provider has announced plans for ‘Eco Park’, a 100 acre development located by junction 13 of the M5. Half of the site would be dedicated to creating state-of-the-art sporting facilities, including an all-seater stadium for Forest Green Rovers with the other half comprising a green technology business park with sustainably built commercial offices and light industrial units potentially capable of servicing up to 4,000 jobs.
In the south of the district, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College is pushing forward with its ambitious plans to develop a new Campus which will transform the former Berkeley laboratories, next to the now decommissioned nuclear power station, into a Science and Technology Park. Over the next five years an initial £26m will be invested in a Green Skills Centre, a University Technical College for 14-19 year olds, an Advanced Renewables Research Centre and a Cyber Security Training Centre, in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire.
The district does cater for businesses of all sizes, for example Westend Office Suites have developed Westend Courtyard, a combination of refurbished farm buildings and new build to provide 20 quality luxurious office suites from 175 to 800 sq ft, ideal accommodation for micro and small businesses, with excellent access, close to the M5. The owners of the site have also recently received permission for a further 10 units.
This page was last updated: 6 September 2017