Gloucester City Council is one step closer to securing funding which will support development on brownfield land across the city centre.

The council has been successful in winning the first stage of their bid for a slice of £200 million government funding.

The funding is available to create housing zones on brownfield land. The land in those zones will then be designated as a place for new homes to be built.

Gloucester is now on a government shortlist of 29 housing zones across the UK aiming to kick-start development on brownfield land.

The City Council will now work with the Homes and Communities Agency to carry out a more detailed assessment of the proposals.

In Gloucester the growth housing zone is aiming to promote more housing in the city centre.

The aim is to regenerate a number of vacant, brownfield sites that will enhance the potential of the city centre as a place to live, work and shop.

Cllr Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council said, “If we can achieve housing zone status in Gloucester it would promote more investment in the city and ultimately mean more people living in the city centre, which will help to support our daytime and evening economies as well as regenerating derelict sites and meeting housing need.”

Successful housing zones will be designated by the government later this year.