At long last proposals for the regeneration of the Kings Quarter have been published by Gloucester City Council. For too long this has been a sorry saga of ill-fated schemes and broken promises leaving our City centre shabby and sadly neglected. Let’s hope that this time something actually happens - the people of Gloucester have waited far too long for this vital regeneration project.
We broadly support the outline of what is being proposed and the suggested timetable, however there are some key elements that must be addressed as part of the development and we will be pressing for this to happen.
The scheme must be comprehensive and dovetail in with the proposed refurbishment of the Kings Walk shopping centre and the new bus station. This includes updating and remodelling the shopping units that back onto Clarence Street and front onto Kings Square.
The Square itself must be retained as a large pleasant public realm where events can be held. This will mean extensive landscaping and public realm works.
The Oxbode needs to be upgraded and the units redesigned. This should be one of Gloucester’s premier shopping streets. Bigger units more suited to the modern retail market will hopefully allow us to attract more upmarket high-quality retailers.
We wish to see a new Civic Centre/ public service hub included within the development. In the same way that the Council investment in North Warehouse stimulated the wider docks development a new high quality Civic headquarters can provide the same kick start for Kings Quarter.
We need positive engagement with Debenhams particularly to see if together we can improve the facades of the store particularly the ones that front onto Kings Square and the Oxbode.
A new high-quality hotel would greatly enhance the City’s tourist potential.
The proposed new market must be of a high quality and modern design generating much-needed footfall in the area.
This scheme is vital for the continued renaissance of Gloucester and we will be doing everything possible to ensure that it happens and within a reasonable time-scale.
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