Vision for Brimscombe Port takes major step forward

Brimscombe Port

Three developers who say they can deliver a sustainable new residential-led mixed-use community at the canal-side Brimscombe Port in Gloucestershire have been invited to talks with the planning authority.

The developers – whose identities are not being revealed – have been invited to participate in the competitive dialogue stage of the procurement process.

“I know the Port redevelopment has felt like a long road for many local people and all those who have been involved in the project for more than 10 years,” said Council Deputy Leader Catherine Braun.

“All three developers have a strong track record in delivering projects of a similar nature and have demonstrated that they have the skills and experience to deliver the right solution for Brimscombe Port.

“We hope to confirm the successful candidate in the summer and we then expect the developer to engage with the public before submitting its planning application early next year.”

Ward Councillor Beki Aldam said it is an important area for so many people:

“The Port has always played a special role in our community and we want this to continue. We absolutely want, and need, to get this right.

“We need to ensure that what we build now will help us to meet our 2030 climate goals, and will serve our community for generations to come.”

The vision for Brimscombe Port is to deliver a sustainable new residential-led mixed-use community that meets the needs of both existing and future residents.

The Council wants any developer to utilise the site’s unique characteristics with innovative and inspiring designs, delivering an exemplar scheme that integrates with the existing surroundings and improves and expands the site’s opportunities to enhance daily life for occupiers and visitors alike.

Discussions between the developers and the council will now take place over the coming months and to ensure a fair, ethical and competitive process, the names of the shortlisted developers will not be shared with the public.

Brimscombe Port was the headquarters of the Thames & Severn Canal Company, and the site incorporated a 700 ft long canal basin – most of it now infilled.

The port was redeveloped for light industrial use in the 1960s and has since been acquired by the council.

Pictured: The Mill, Brimscombe Port by Vieve Forward, published under Creative Commons Licence