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Multi-million-pound waterside development plans are floated

A waterside redevelopment, with 150 homes and business space, has moved a step nearer at Stroud's canalside site, Brimscombe Port. Residents and businesses have been invited to give their views, prior to a planning application being submitted in the New Year. Stroud District Council, which is spearheading the Brimscombe Port project, says the scheme would be "particularly challenging" as it involves engineering a new canal basin, river crossing, culverts and new roads. MartinWhiteside, ward councillor for Thrupp, said: "This is an opportunity for local people to help shape a site multi-million-pound

that, when completed, could accommodate at least 150 homes, community facilities and business space. "The development could deliver new jobs and opportunities for business start-ups as well as 26 boat moorings." Brimscombe Port is a former inland port dating back to the 1780s, which became redundant after the era of the canals as a mode of transport came to an end. It was filled in during the 1960s and developed as an industrial site, and was earmarked as in need of significant regeneration by the district council. Due to the high infrastructure costs, the scheme requires public funding. The council was successful

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