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The Bakers Quay regeneration scheme has been given the green light by developers Rokeby Merchant.

The green light follows agreement to the principles of the design of the scheme, including balconies and cladding for the rebuilt Provender Mill, being reached with city council planners and Historic England.

A £4.8million external investment is also being negotiated, brokered by Gloucester City Council, designed at allowing the scheme to come forward more quickly, meaning contractors will be on site this summer.

The scheme will see a new hotel built, bringing an extra 105 rooms to the city centre, a drive through coffee shop, commercial space and 166 apartments.  It also means that work to secure the remaining listed buildings can take place.

The news comes as regeneration in the city gathers momentum. Work has already begun on building a £7.5million brand new bus station in the heart of the city centre and long-term empty sites like the former Kwik Save in Northgate Street/Black Dog Way are on the verge of being transformed.

Cllr Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “We have been working with Rokeby Merchant for some time now to deliver this scheme.  It is highly complex and the commitment the developer has shown to the city has been fantastic. There have been many challenges along the way, not least of which was the fire at Provender Mill, but Rokeby Merchant have stuck with it, showing great confidence in the city and its future.”

“There remains a lot of hard work to do, but our partnership is strong and we will work together to make sure we deliver a high quality scheme.”

Michael Chicken, Chairman at Rokeby Merchant Developments, said:  “With this additional funding we will be in a position to get on with this development, something we are delighted to be doing having already spent £1 million to date without a spade in the ground except for one archaeological trench; and after almost pulling out of the development post the fire at Provender Mill last year.

“We have only persevered because of the huge support from the council and Cllr Paul James, working closely with the city council’s regeneration team. It is now down to us to build a scheme of which Gloucester will be proud for the generations to come.”

Adrian Goodall, Director at Rokeby Merchant Developments, said: “We hope to have the first phase of development including the hotel and 46 apartments in Provender Mill complete in late summer next year.”

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