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Cinderford Northern Quarter Sites

There are a number of sites which make up the Cinderford Northern Quarter or are linked to the project. Details of the sites are provided below:

Spine Road

The new spine road runs from the North West corner of the site to the south, linking the A4136 with Broadmoor Road. The spine road will provide access to the new development and help address wider traffic management issues in the town.

The scheme was developed by the HCA in partnership with the District Council.  The District Council secured funding for the scheme through the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal.  The construction is being project managed by Gloucestershire County Council. 

The spine road construction commenced in July 2016.  The images below show the construction in June and August 2017. 

Spine Road Bridge View 

Central Zone and College

The Northern Quarter Central Zone (5.5ha) will be anchored by the new education campus. This development will provide up to 1200 students with some of the best education and training facilities within the country. It will also act as a catalyst for future investment through high quality offices and light industrial units and a hotel. High design standards will be established with all developments meeting the Northern Quarter design code requirements.

Gloucestershire College commenced construction on its new campus in May this year (2017).  The College are due to welcome students to the new campus in September 2018.  The images below show the start on site and latest progress. 

Images courtesy of Gloucestershire College.

College start on site College start on site

l to r, Paul Limbrick (Site Manager), Simon Carey (MD of Barnwood Construction)


Steam Mills

Steam Mills Village West forms an extension to the existing communities of Steam Mills and Newtown. Development of this site will provide greater housing choice in terms of both tenure and price through a mix of new energy efficient homes.

The new neighbourhood will be sensitively integrated into the adjacent communities, and will interface with the forest through transitional landscaping and wildlife corridors. Public spaces and access points will reflect the more quiet and homely qualities of this place.

Northern United

The former Northern United Colliery site and the surrounding area will be transformed into an extensively landscaped Enterprise Park, offering a wide range of development plots for light and general industrial uses, warehousing and business incubation space. All new developments on this key gateway site into the Northern Quarter will be sensitively designed to respect the areas mining heritage and biodiversity assets and to integrate fully into the forest setting, with locally sourced materials used whenever practical.

Kings Lodge, Valley Road Housing Development

As part of the Cinderford Regeneration Project, Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC), Two Rivers Housing and Kier Partnership Homes Limited have worked together on the redevelopment of the Valley Road site. The scheme was for a total of 92 houses, of which 55 were open market homes and 37 were affordable homes.

The project had a total cost of approximately £20m with not-for-profit Two Rivers investing £3m into the project, for the provision of the 37 affordable units.

Kier Partnership Homes were selected by FODDC and community homes organisation Two Rivers in October 2011, to build the scheme on the former abattoir site. The abattoir site was acquired and relocated through a £1.9m investment from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Homes range from one bedroom apartments up to four bedroom houses, with all properties being built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4; which is a higher standard of environmental sustainability than a traditionally built house.