September 2019 Update

Although it may seem that things have gone a little quiet in terms of the future regeneration plans for both Matson and Podsmead, we just wanted to assure you that a lot of hard work has been going on in the background. We are continuing to try and find ways to fully fund the replacement of existing social housing and build new affordable homes for people to rent or own. 

City Council’s Consultation 

In August 2019, the City Council ended its 3 month consultation with residents and stakeholders in both communities to gather their views on the overarching planning principles for Matson and Podsmead. This is called the ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ or SPD and the results of this consultation will be published shortly. The results will give all key stakeholders a clear picture of what to expect in terms of the future design of new homes, car parking arrangements, local amenities, environment and community priorities. These principles will need to be followed whenever planning applications are submitted as part of the regeneration developments over the coming years. 

What we are currently working on 

At GCH we have been revising our plans to ensure we can support a realistic and affordable regeneration programme. The GCH Board has asked for three options to be presented to them towards the end of this year that will: 

  • Ensure we can replace all social housing which we have identified for demolition with new social housing that meets the needs of transferring tenants and leaseholders. 
  • Increase the number of affordable homes to provide much needed housing to those on the local housing register 
  • Build some homes for market sale to generate enough income so that we can fund the new social and affordable homes above; and also improve community and local facilities. 

Additionally, the City Council has also been considering whether they can provide some of their land to help with the regeneration and we should know if this is possible in the next few months. 

We are continuing to work with Government to identify if there is any funding available to support regeneration, but as we all know the government situation is unpredictable at the moment due to Brexit, so we will see what happens in the next few months.  

We hope to bring our revised plans back to the community for consultation later this year or early in the New Year. 

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Gloucester City Council’s Formal Consultation

Gloucester City Council are running their formal consultation for the Matson and Podsmead Supplementary Planning Documents between 6pm Monday 24th June until 6pm on Monday 5th August.

The City Council will be consulting on their approved guidance document for potential developers which sets out the various planning policies and the desirable design standards for the new homes and developments in both Matson and Podsmead.

The full SPDs and information leaflets are available on the Council’s website.

In addition, hard copies of the documentation are available at the following locations:

  • Gloucester City Council reception: Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EQ.
  • Matson Library: Winsley Road, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6NG.
  • Redwell Centre: Redwell Road, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6JG.
  • The Hub: 15a Scott Avenue, Podsmead, Gloucester, GL2 5BD.

The consultation lasts for six weeks between Monday 24th June and Monday 5th August 2019. Responses must be received no late than 6pm on this day.

Events

Speak to Planning Officers and give your feedback at the following events:

  • Moat primary school Fayre Friday 12th July 3pm – 5 pm
  • Redwell Centre Monday 22nd July 3pm – 7 pm
  • Scott Avenue open space Thursday 18th July 4.30pm – 7pm
  • Podsmead Big Local Friday 26th July 1pm – 5 pm

Making comments

You can submit comments here. Alternatively, you can provide feedback at any of the consultation events, or by sending them in writing to: Matson and Podsmead SPD Consultation, Planning Policy Team, Gloucester City Council, PO BOX 3252, Gloucester, GL1 9FW.

Arrange your own consultation event

If you would like to arrange your own event within the community, with your community group, friends and neighbours, the council will do their best to come along. Just email cityplan@gloucester.gov.uk or call 01452 396848 to arrange for an officer to come out and talk to your group.

Get In Touch

Get in touch with the Council on 01452 396396 or email cityplan@gloucester.gov.uk

Get in touch with your independent community advisors (TPAS) on 0800 731 161 or email gloucester@tpas.org.uk

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Matson and Podsmead Health Survey

Have you filled out your Community Health Survey that you received with your November Rent Statement? If not, now is the chance to help us better understand what health assets will be needed in the future in both communities and these can be included in the regeneration plans going forward

We will be holding some focus groups and one to one discussions in the coming weeks to follow up on what your community has to say however you      can also complete the form anonymously if you would prefer.

Click here to complete the survey…

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Speak to your Independent Community Advisors

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The Community Advisory Group, which is made up from residents of both Matson & Podsmead, appointed TPAS as your Independent Community Advisors (ICA) earlier this year.

The role of your ICA’s is to provide independent advice in relation to the regeneration project.

Starting in late December and into January TPAS will be in Matson & Podsmead visiting all residents in the areas to talk about the project and answer any questions residents may have.

In the meantime all residents are welcome to contact Jenny and Mal;

Call freephone number 0800 731 1619. (If calling from a mobile number you will be charged, so leave your name, mobile number and area you live for a call back.)

Or email gloucester@tpas.org.uk

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Independent Community Advisor Appointed

Following interviews TPAS (Tenant Participation & Advisory Service) have been appointed as the independent community advisors for the regeneration projects in Matson & Podsmead. The Community Advisory group were involved with the process and decided to appoint Jenny Vernon and Mal Harrison from TPAS.

The role of the Independent Community Advisor is to act as a contact for the communities of Matson & Podsmead and anyone with concerns or questions about the regeneration project can make contact.

You can contact Jenny and Mal on…

Call freephone number 0800 731 1619. (If calling from a mobile number you will be charged, so leave your name, mobile number and area you live for a call back.)

Or email gloucester@tpas.org.uk

Jenny Vernon – Lead Independent Community Advisor

Jenny VernonWith over 30 years’ experience in social housing and 10 years’ experience providing independent advice, Jenny is passionate about supporting communities facing regeneration.  She had personal experience of this when her home was demolished to make way for supported accommodation.  So she is familiar with the stress and worry that people can feel at this time and is committed to reducing this by ensuring communities are both fully informed and empowered to help shape regeneration decisions and their future.

Mal Harrison – Independent Community Advisor

With 25 year’s experience in senior posts of social housing, from a Resident Involvement Manager through to Head of Service Improvement for a major housing provider, Mal now works in the social housing sector as a trainer and mentor focusing on Tenant Involvement and Empowerment, Community Development and Scrutiny.   Mal provides training and mentoring to Management/Boards, Scrutiny and Community Groups and as an independent Tenant Advisor.  Mal also specialises in designing and running training and other activities which are lively, fun, colourful and participative so that people learn better and are inspired.

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Community Advisory Group Looking to Appoint Advisor

Gloucester City Homes is looking to appoint an Independent Community Advisor to support the newly established Matson and Podsmead Community Advisory Group, and the wider resident population of both these communities, in ongoing discussion about regeneration and investment in their homes and communities .The successful Independent Community Advisor will help with the consultation process and engage residents through different approaches. They will also mediate discussions between residents and GCH to address residents’ queries and concerns. For a copy of the specification please contact;

Lyn Scudamore – Regen Project Co-ordinator

Tel: 01452 833180 or e-mail: Lyn.Scudamore@gch.co.uk

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Residents Letter June 2018

Below is a copy of the letter that was sent to all residents of Matson and Podsmead in June 2018;

Dear Resident

Thank you to everyone who has helped us shape the future of Matson and Podsmead

In March 2017, we secured Government grant funding to allow us to consult with residents on developing illustrative plans for both Matson and Podsmead that would help shape the future development of new homes and community improvements for both neighbourhoods.

We are writing to say a big thank you to all of you who have attended the numerous consultation events and drop in sessions over the last 12 months. You have helped us to develop our plans based on what you would like to see improved and what you think is needed in your communities to make them a better place to live.

It is important to stress that these plans are illustrative only at this stage and because any investment proposals could take up to 20 years to achieve, we expect that over time, your views may change and our plans may well need to be amended to meet changing needs, so please don’t stop telling us what you think.

Funding the Investment required:

What is clear is that these plans will need a huge amount of financial support to get them off the ground and we know that this is not going to be easy to achieve.  Many of you have asked “Where is the money going to come from?” and we want to be straight and up front with you.

We are continuing to make the case to Government about public funding but nothing has yet been agreed and we have been told by the Ministry of Housing and Homes England, that there is currently no grant money earmarked for community estate regeneration. We do know however that funding opportunities can change rapidly based on Government spending reviews and priorities.  We are also exploring opportunities to attract new partners who may be able to bring additional public and private money into the area to help support the required investment needed.

In the meantime, Gloucester City Homes (GCH) will use its existing resources to continue to improve homes and communities as it has always done and will work in partnership with residents and key agencies / stakeholders to help improve the future for both communities

What happens next?

By the end of this year GCH will have completed the initial informal consultation stage and the City Council hopes to publish draft Supplementary Planning Documents for Matson and Podsmead which will explain the high level planning policy for both estates and formally consult residents on its adoption.

GCH will then consider submitting planning applications for any proposed developments of new homes and facilities and any proposed redevelopments of existing homes and facilities to the City Council, for the Council to approve, amend or reject, following further formal consultation with residents directly affected.

How can I get more information?

All the main questions that you have put forward so far have been answered in our most recent newsletter 4 distributed in May 2018 and are also available on our ‘Shape the Future’ regeneration website: www.shapethefutureglos.co.uk

We are still happy to receive and answer any further questions via the website above or through email: regen@gch.co.uk or call us on 01452 424344. We will, with your permission, pass any questions onto other partners for reply if they are better placed to provide you with the answers you need.

We will continue to let you know of any further progress as and when that happens.

Kind regards

Ashley Green

Chief Executive

Gloucester City Homes

Jon McGinty

Managing Director

Gloucester City Council.

Footnote:

Because there is no more news at the moment and as very few people are now coming to our weekly Tuesday drop-ins at Shape the Future Hub on Matson Parade / and at the Podsmead Big Local we have stopped the drop-ins, with the last session held on the 19th June 2018.

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Matson and Podsmead residents invited to Community Design Event

The communities of Matson and Podsmead are being invited to participate in a series of community sessions to help shape the future of their neighbourhood. The second stage events are taking place in November and will focus upon the future design of the communities.

Regeneration consultation events - Matson 2017 (27)Gloucester City Council has made the renewal of Matson and Podsmead one of its priorities. Working with Gloucester City Homes (GCH) the first step in the process is to produce a plan for each area. The plan (referred to as a Masterplan) will identify the future layout of the neighbourhood showing both existing and proposed housing, streets, open spaces and public buildings. This Masterplan will guide the development of these neighbourhoods over the next 15- 20 years.
Anita Pope, Director of Housing and Communities at GCH adds: “The ideas and feedback of all residents are hugely important to the design, and we want to encourage everyone to have a voice and take this opportunity to create a place that is enjoyable to live in.”The events are taking place on:

Podsmead – Wednesday 15th November – marquee opposite Podsmead shops between 3.30 – 7pm (with presentations at 4pm and 5.30pm)

Matson – Thursday 16th November – at Gloucester Academy between 4 -7pm (with presentations at 4.30pm and 6pm)

All residents should receive a newsletter and many will also receive a visit from the Gloucester City Homes team before the events.

For more information or to leave feedback click here or join the Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/shapethefutureglos

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Have Your Say in Matson and Podsmead

The communities of Matson and Podsmead are being invited to participate in a series of community sessions to help shape the future of their neighbourhood.

hstf bannerGloucester City Council has made the renewal of Matson and Podsmead one of its priorities. Working with Gloucester City Homes (GCH) the first step in the process is to produce a plan for each area. The plan (referred to as a Masterplan) will identify the future layout of the neighbourhood showing both existing and proposed housing, streets, open spaces and public buildings. This Masterplan will guide the development of these neighbourhoods over the next 15- 20 years.Ashley Green, Chief Executive of GCH commented “These sessions will provide the first opportunity for residents, tenants and other members of the local community to discuss, with representatives from GCH and Kevin Murray Associates (KMA are specialists working with communities) the issues facing their neighbourhood and opportunities for improvement. Community feedback will inform the masterplan and help lead the revival of each neighbourhood. It will also be a chance to learn about the planning, design and masterplan.”The events include a guided walkabout of each neighbourhood followed by a picnic for all. There will also be a minibus tour for those who are unable to walk the routes.

This is the first of a series of engagement and consultation events that will continue throughout 2017 and early 2018 so that people can comment on ideas and plans as they evolve.

More information can be found here and residents are encouraged to join the Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/shapethefutureglos/

Community engagement sessions:

Date Event, Time & Location
Friday 18 August 2017 (Podsmead) Walkabout – 16:00 – outside The RamblersPicnic – 17:00 – The Ramblers
Saturday 19 August 2017 (Matson) Walkabout – 12:00noon – outside Matson GatewayPicnic – 13:00 – The Redwell Centre
Friday 1st September 2017 (Matson) Walkabout – 16:00 – outside Matson LibraryPicnic – 17:00 – outside Matson Gateway
Saturday 2nd September 2017 (Podsmead) Walkabout – 12:00noon – outside Podsmead Big LocalPicnic – 13:00 – outside Podsmead Big Local
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