Two employment units get the go-ahead in Stonehouse
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Two new employment units for Stonehouse have won the unanimous backing of Stroud District Councillors.
Developer Robert Hitchins Ltd via their planning consultants DPP sought reserved matters approval to build the units at its Stroudwater 13 Business Park.
“This is a very good scheme,” said Cllr Mark Ryder, who welcomed the opportunity it created for local businesses to expand in an area where opportunities have been limited for some time.
Together the units of 53,500 sq ft and 22,000 sq ft have a gross development value of £11 million and have the potential to provide hundreds of new jobs in a prime location close to the M5.
Discussions with a potential occupier for one of the units are well advanced, and it is hoped that both units can be brought forward simultaneously, with a start on site later this year.
Michael Plimmer, Senior Development Manager at Robert Hitchins, welcomed the decision by Stroud District Council.
“Stroudwater 13 offers a great opportunity for new industrial, manufacturing and warehouse development, either on a freehold turnkey or leasehold basis, in an area which has been starved of any significant commercial development for some time due to the lack of available employment land.
“We are really pleased that the finer details of our scheme have now been approved enabling us to move forward,” he said.
“The development will provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities and important jobs for local people as part of a sustainable, mixed-use development.”
The six-acre site, close to J13 of the M5 and just off the A419, already had outline planning consent for E(g), B2 and B8 uses as part of the Great Oldbury mixed-use development taking shape west of Stonehouse, near Stroud.
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