On the day the Government published it’s Housing White Paper, Gloucester City Planning committee resolved to grant planning permission for 23 affordable homes on the site of a former Vicarage.

Rooftop Housing Group, working closely with the HCA, Gloucester City Council and the Diocese of Gloucester has seen its plans for 6 houses, 2 bungalows, and 15 flats at St. Aldate’s, accepted by the planning committee.

“This is a great step forward,” said Tim Wade, Rooftop’s Head of Development “this builds on our great relationship with the Diocese of Gloucester after working so closely on our Frampton Corner development.”

Through the development, the Diocese of Gloucester will be able to make a huge contribution to improving the life of White City residents by donating money to help fund a new community centre being set up by the White City Group.

Diocesan Secretary for the Diocese of Gloucester, Benjamin Preece Smith said, “We are delighted to continue to work in partnership with Rooftop to help address the desperate need for affordable housing in the County.  We must also pay testament to the White City Community Action Group who have been strong, consistent and faithful advocates for their community, challenging us as followers of Christ to be the same; which is why we are delighted to put the money we are receiving from this development straight back into the community to support the development of a much needed new community centre for the people of White City.” 

David Hannon, Development Director at Rooftop commented that “this is an excellent example of partnership working to support the Gloucester Community”.

Cllr Colin Organ, cabinet member for housing and planning at Gloucester City Council, said: “These plans will help to bring much-needed affordable housing to the city centre, which can only be good for local residents.”

Work on the site is scheduled to begin in the spring.