Work takes off to build 166 new homes at former Gloucestershire airfield

Thirty years after planning permission was first won to transform a former aerodrome in Gloucester where aviation history was made, work has started on 166 new homes and three commercial units.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published

Bluebell Homes, part of the Edenstone Group, has begun work to build the homes and business premises off Whittle Square on what was once home to the Brockworth Aerodrome and Gloucestershire Aircraft Company.

The housing developer will also invest £2 million into the area to create green open spaces and community facilities including bike hire, outdoor gym equipment, play areas and electric car charging points.

Chris Edge, operations director at Welsh-headquartered Edenstone Group, said: ‘Trinity Quarter will cater for all market segments including providing affordable housing and private sale homes for first time buyers, families and downsizers.

‘In line with local need we’re starting to build the affordable homes first, with 81 properties due to be handed over to Registered Social Landlord Gloucester City Homes.’

The 3.44 hectare site forms part of an allocation in the Tewkesbury Borough Local Plan to 2011, which provides for a mixed-use district centre including a foodstore, shops, leisure uses, community uses, a hotel, and business and residential use, much of which has now been built.

Trinity Quarter will include one and two-bedroom apartments, bungalows and two, three and four-bedroom houses.
Edenstone Group will also invest more than £345,000 for education and libraries.

Gloucestershire Aircraft Company, which became known as Gloster Aircraft Company and then GAC made aircraft including the Hawker Hurricane, Hawker Typhoon, Gloster Meteor and Gloster Javelin.

The runways at the Brockworth site were used for the first flight of Sir Frank Whittle’s turbo-jet aircraft.

By Andrew Merrell

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