FAQs

Who is behind this initiative?

Gloucester City Homes, Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council  are working together to develop  a wide  partnership involving  local residents, community groups,  local schools, health services, the police, environmental groups and community partners.

What is the Matson and Podsmead regeneration masterplan?

It’s a plan for the future of each community in Matson and Podsmead.

The  Government has given us some funding which allow us to discuss with residents, shop owners, local groups and other interested parties such as the City and County Councils, NHS etc. how they would like to see both communities  improve and develop in the future.

This will allow us to produce a plan for each community which would outline how Matson & Podsmead could be updated to improve existing or provide new: homes, shops, community facilities and green spaces over the next 20 years.

What is the Community Advisory Group?

We have set up a Community Advisory Group for Matson & Podsmead. The group will enable each community to have a stronger voice and greater representation throughout the process. Find out more information here for Matson and here for Podsmead.

The group will shortly be appointing an Independent Community Advisor.

 

How will we be kept informed?

There will be regular newsletters, local briefings and consultation meetings, online website and social media updates, as well as a new residents’ Steering Group for each community.

 

Will there be a lot of disruption to our lives, homes and businesses during this regeneration?

If regeneration goes ahead it is highly likely that there will be a certain level of disruption to some people’s lives, homes, businesses and local facilities. We would do all we could reasonably do to minimise this and work with you through our resident teams. However regenerating an area does often mean some improvement demolition and rebuilding, together with the associated inconvenience to local people whilst that work takes place. The outcome should however improve things for all residents.

 

What happens to any businesses or local groups that might be affected by future proposals?

Existing businesses and local groups will have been given every opportunity to participate in the consultations and to help shape the plan. If there are proposals to move or replace existing facilities then we hope this will be as a direct result of those discussions and the aim will be to either improve or provide brand new facilities on the regenerated estate.

 

Does this mean our rents will go up?

It could do. It all depends. if you are moving to a new home then this is likely to have cost more to build than your current home and the rents are likely to be higher to help pay for the cost. However to compensate the new homes will have been built to a much higher energy efficiency standard and so this should result in lower energy costs.

There are many factors that will help to set future rent levels, such as the type, size and facilities that will be provided.  We will only be able to clarify this when detailed planning proposals come forward.

Those people eligible for Universal Credit or Housing Benefit would still get help with their rents.

 

Will we be able to stay in our existing homes?

Some residents will not be affected and they will remain in their current homes. If you are affected, you will be offered suitable alternative options, which may include a move to a new home in the community, or if you want, you could move to other areas, close by or further afield.

 

What happens to any tenants or home owners affected by the regeneration proposals?

If you are a tenant or home owner who lives in a home which may be affected, we will come and see you and discuss the range of options which could be available to each household, including support and compensation.

We will also be appointing an independent community advisor who can help residents understand any proposals, their rights and provide support to them.

Some areas may not be affected by the plan for many years and only after further detailed consultation.

 

Will the masterplan influence the City Council, County Council, NHS and other agencies?

Yes – the plan will help to influence and connect up a whole range of improvements and initiatives; including housing, health & social care, education, community development, shops, transport etc. Agencies responsible for planning future provision of these services are all involved in the partnership and are helping to develop the plan alongside residents and community groups.

 

Will you be building any additional homes to meet local housing needs?

As part of the regeneration we would be trying to make better use of the existing space and build additional homes to meet local housing needs. The number of additional homes will depend greatly on the number of homes demolished and people’s views towards using some of the current green space for building new homes. It could however be possible to build around 350 additional homes in Podsmead and around 450 additional homes in Matson.

 

Will we get more GPs, pharmacies, health clinics?

We are working closely with health and social care providers such as the NHS, County Council and independent providers, to improve local health and social care facilities and support. More homes and people in the area would help to justify and support improving existing or providing new facilities on both estates.

 

Will it affect shops, libraries, schools and services?

Yes – the aim is to improve the range and quality of facilities in Matson and Podsmead.  This may involve increasing the number of homes over time. The extra people this would bring to the area would help to support shops, schools and local services, and improve public transport.

 

Will we get more parking spaces?

It’s highly likely this will be the case – current planning guidance generally requires more parking spaces than were provided at the time the estates were first built. We would also be hoping to improve roads and footpaths, bus routes and improve both Matson and Podsmead’s connections with neighbouring housing, employment and recreational areas and the city centre.

 

Will it affect our greenspace?

It may do in certain places, but we do recognise the importance of providing good quality green space.

To get the regeneration started we will need to replace some existing green space with new homes/shops/facilities/green space. This would allow us to rehouse people from another area on the estate and we could then regenerate the area they have moved from.

During the regeneration we would also want to make it clear what are private gardens, communal gardens (such as those around flats) and public open space for the enjoyment of the whole community; and to enhance, where possible, those green spaces.

Will it affect our homes?

It may do depending on whether we are improving or replacing existing homes or building additional new homes. If your home was to be affected, we would come and talk to you personally before proceeding further. We want to work together with you to improve homes in your neighbourhood.

Will there be any further consultation after the master plans are completed?

Yes – there would then be further consultation by the City Council on turning the plan into a Supplementary Planning Document. Following that further consultation would take place at outline planning stage and then again when detailed planning is applied for the different phases of any regeneration. So there will be plenty of opportunity to make your views known for many years to come at different stages of the process.

Can we still make our views known about the master plans?

Yes – there will be further engagement events, residents will receive notification of these through the post and information will be available on our website. We will continue to consult right up to the finalisation of the master plans for both estates.

How will you take account of our views?

From the very beginning, in mid 2017, we have been listening to residents, community groups, shop owners and a number of different interested parties, incorporating views into the emerging plans for Matson & Podsmead. The finished plan should take account of all the views that have been expressed and try to incorporate as many of the ideas as possible.

What status will the plan have when it’s completed?

Once the plan is agreed the City Council would consider giving the plan formal Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) status. This would mean that there would be another round of consultation with local people, before the City Council made its final decision on whether to adopt it. If accepted and adopted, the SPD would then be used to guide the different phases of regeneration.

How long could it take and when could it start?

The whole process for both estates could take around 15-20 years, but the early phases could start in around 3 years, once a plan is agreed. The work would be completed in phases over a number of years and we would keep consulting with residents and interested parties throughout, to ensure we are providing what is needed.

Are home-owners affected, or just tenants?

It could affect homeowners and tenants, depending on what is included in future proposals for regeneration. We need everyone to express their views about their homes, shops, community facilities, transport links, green spaces etc.

Our specialist masterplan team want to work with residents to identify how to provide better homes in specific areas by either improving them or replacing them with new ones.

Who should benefit?

It should benefit everyone in some measure, through having new or improved homes, shops, community facilities, transport links and green spaces. It should also provide a range of new employment opportunities. The regeneration is for current and future residents, businesses and organisations.

 

How will this be paid for?

Whilst there is currently no specific funding set aside for regeneration of these two communities yet, once approved, the plan for each community would form the basis for us to bid for public and private money to help deliver those improvements over time.