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Plans submitted to build 41 new homes on edge of small Gloucestershire village

Plans have been submitted to build 41 new homes on a field outside the small Gloucestershire village of Alderton.

The application made by Poole-based GVD Group to Tewkesbury Borough Council is for a “residential-led development on the eastern edge” of the village.

Within the 41 dwellings, 20 would be built as affordable homes and would lie just south of the B4077 Dibden Lane, the main road that connects the village from the east.

According to documents filed with the plans, the two hectare site is “situated on an area of rough grassland that rises gently” and forms part of the “eastern gateway approach into Alderton.”

It is flanked to the south and east by open countryside and to the north by agricultural fields while the western border flanks the existing village buildings.

The application is for outline planning permission so exact details of how the dwellings would be arranged has not been included in the initial designs.

According to the developer 21 of the dwellings will be proposed for ‘market’ sale, while 10 would be allotted for ‘social’ housing and a further 10 as ‘intermediate’ housing.

Alderton has a current population of around 750, a figure boosted by similarly-named gateway developments to the south and west of the village in the past 20 years.

The plans will now go forward to a period of public consultation that will conclude on the final day of 2019.

A decision on the outline plans is expected to be made in March 2020.

By James Young

Source: Punchline Gloucester

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UK construction sector shrinks again amid election uncertainty

The UK construction sector contracted for the seventh month running in November as new work fell sharply amid yet more political uncertainty, survey data has shown.

The poor performance of the sector led firms to lay off workers for the eighth month in a row, in the latest sign that Britain’s jobs boom is slowing.

The IHS Markit/Cips UK construction purchasing managers’ index came in at 45.3 in November, compared to 44.2 in October. A figure below 50 indicates contraction.

Economists had predicted a score of 44.5, meaning November’s figure beat expectations and was the slowest drop in overall construction for four months.

Nonetheless, the UK’s building sector showed no signs of escaping its recent recession ahead of the 12 December General Election.

Both Labour and the Conservatives have promised to ramp up spending on infrastructure should they win power, which could boost the construction sector.

Duncan Brock, group director at Cips – the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply – said: “Brexit uncertainty, an impending General Election and wet weather all combined to keep the construction sector firmly in its contraction hole last month.”

All three main areas of construction contracted in November. Civil engineering was the worst-performing category, followed by commercial building. There was a much slower decline in housing activity.

On top of the political uncertainty that has dragged on UK economic growth in 2019, respondents reported that a lack of new work to replace old contracts and the unusually wet weather weighed on the sector in November.

Tim Moore, economics associate director at data firm IHS Markit, said: “The forthcoming General Election continued to send a chill breeze across the sector.”

He added: “House-building has been the most resilient category of construction output in 2019. However, it remains a concern that overall volumes of residential building work have dropped in each month since June.”

By Harry Robertson

Source: City AM