We’ve identified six major projects that could, in their different ways, help to deliver the ambitions for the county in 2050. Each one has the potential to transform the county’s reputation on the national or international stage and significantly improve quality of life.
The ideas were unveiled at the launch of the Big Conversation on 1 February 2018. Over 600 people and 30 exhibitors gathered at Cheltenham Racecourse to talk about their vision for Gloucestershire. Watch the video for a short recap of what happened on the day.
You can read more about the six ideas below
Gloucester and Cheltenham could grow and regenerate by developing a third centre connecting the two communities to create a ‘super city’.
The development of a National Cyber Security Park, dedicated to cyber-related business and education development, is integral for the Super City.
The Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale are two of the county’s main assets, as well as the world-renowned Cotswolds Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB). We think they should be designated as Regional Parks, creating a wetlands area for flood management and investing in facilities.
Lydney - Sharpness
A new multi-purpose crossing between Lydney and Sharpness will create a single ‘destination’ with development potential for both, reflecting their individual cultures, landscapes, and heritage.
An airport that can accommodate more air travel could be central to the county’s economic success – facilitating higher value tourism, enhanced transport links, or as a base for drone technology.
Cotswold Water Park
Plans for the Cotswold Water Park in 2050 would include a re-design of the existing lakes to create a larger single body of water surrounded by smaller lakes that could be explored and used as a coherent whole, whilst maintaining and expanding the existing range of leisure uses.