Most frequent questions and answers.

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, healthservices, the police, environmental groups and community partners.

These are redevelopment plans for the future of each community in Matson and Podsmead.

The Government has given us some funding, which in recent years GCH have added to, 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 has allowed us to produce plans for each community which show how Matson and Podsmead could be updated to improve existing or provide new: homes, shops, community facilities and green spaces over the next 20 years.

We have set up two Community Advisory Groups, one for Matson and one for Podsmead. The groups are enabling 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 groups have appointed an Independent Community Advisor called TPAS. Details on how to contact TPAS for free, can be found on our contact us page.

Please feel free to contact us using our Contact Us page.

We will be happy to meet with you on an individual basis at home or at our office, speak with you on the phone or if you are happy to use online methods of communication such as zoom or MSTeams we can speak with you via a video link.

Please note that at the moment, due to the COVID-19 regulations we are unable to visit you at home or meet with you in our office.

There will be regular newsletters, local briefings and consultation meetings, website and social media updates, as well as new Community Advisory Groups for each community.

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.

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.

It all depends on whether you are directly affected by any proposals and when these might be likely to take place. It’s best to keep an eye on the proposals and then discuss with us when these might happen. You can then make an informed decision on whether to improve your home and if so when.

Yes, there will be a detailed programme of support for any directly affected households. The full extent of this will only be known when specific proposals for regeneration are brought forward after the plan is agreed and outline planning permission is granted by the City Council.

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.

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.

If you are a tenant or homeowner 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 have also appointed an independent community advisor called TPAS, who can help residents understand any proposals, their rights and provide support to them. Details on how to contact TPAS for free can be found on our Contact Us page.

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

Yes – existing plans of the area, identifying issues that need to be addressed, have already been shared at local resident and community events. These have been based on walkabouts of the communities and surrounding areas and input from residents, community groups and other interested parties. Please follow these links for see more here for Matson and  Podsmead.

We are working on new plans which should meet City Council planning requirements and still be affordable with some help from our partners; and we will share these with you as soon as they are available.

Yes – the plan will help to influence and connect up a whole range of improvements and initiatives; including housing, health and 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.

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.

Yes – our aim is to increase local jobs, training for jobs, and ease of access to jobs for both estates. There are also likely to be jobs available for local people on any construction work that takes place in both communities.

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.

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.

It is 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,  recreational areas and the city centre.

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.

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.

Find details of the next events for Matson here and Podsmead here.

Yes – there has already been further consultation by the City Council on the Supplementary Planning Documents, one for Matson and one for Podsmead. These documents summarise all of the planning policies that any developer will need to comply with and a design guide for how any housing, buildings and green space could look.

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.

Yes – there will be further engagement events. Residents will receive notification of these through the post and information will be available on our website and social media sites. We will continue to consult right up to the finalisation of the master plans for both estates and throughout the regeneration process.

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 and Podsmead. The finished plans should take account of all the views that have been expressed and try to incorporate as many of the ideas as possible.

Once the plans for each estate are agreed with the local communities, GCH will submit a planning application to Gloucester City Council for permission to start the regeneration. If approved GCH will then be able to start building.

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.

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.

We could continue to do some improvements and repairs to existing homes, but this would not address all the issues that residents, Councils and other organisations have raised; including the need for new and better homes, shops, community facilities, transport links and green spaces.

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.

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.

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In March 2017 Gloucester City Homes secured funding of £1.25m from the Government’s Estates Regeneration Fund. This allowed us to consult with both communities, partners and create initial master plans for the regeneration of the Matson and Podsmead estates.

The funding has been used to develop proposals to progressively regenerate these estates, with the aim of:

Providing additional new homes and facilities, designing places where people want to live and visit, supporting a thriving community and improving the quality of life for all residents.

Gloucester City Council, through its new City Plan 2016-2031 has made the renewal of Matson and Podsmead a priority. The first step of the process has been to produce Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and indicative master plans for each neighbourhood. These SPDs will be used as a guide to development in Matson and Podsmead over the next 15 – 20 years and the master plans, GCH are working on, will provide a basis for any planning applications.

A video outlining the plans is also available here or you are also able to have a look at the plans on community information noticeboards at each of the Phase 1 sites.