Information about the development of Brimscombe Port.
Brimscombe Port is a former inland port dating back to the 1780s. Following the decline of the canals as a mode of transport the port became redundant and was in-filled in the 1930s and latterly developed as an industrial site in the 1960s. Today the port site still acts as an industrial site but has become unattractive and is showing signs of its age.
The Council is promoting the development of this brownfield site. Initially Brimscombe Port was part of the Cotswold Canal Regeneration project, the original aim of which was to reinstate the canals from Stonehouse ‘Ocean’ to Brimscombe Port. The port was acquired in 2009 from British Waterways by the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA); the expectation at that time was that it would deliver both a redeveloped port and provide funding for other sections of the canal. Stroud Valleys Canal Company (SVCC) was set up by 4 key partners, including the Council, to hold the property.
After the property crash in 2009, subsequent marketing proved the site to be unviable, the canal project was scaled back to finish at Bowbridge and prospects of the port being redeveloped without considerable public funding were negligible.
Due to the high infrastructure costs, the scheme requires public funding. We were successful in securing £2m from Homes England in 2015 which we have match funded. Together these contributions will enable a developer partner to be selected to create a unique waterside attraction.