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Page 10 New plans for food destination An artist’s impression of how the new food destination will look

Updated plans for a new, contemporary waterfront food destination on the north side of Gloucester docks have been submitted to Gloucester City Council by owners L&R Group. Known as ‘Gloucester Food

Dock’, the new development will include contemporary, modular steel units attached to an extension of the existing Grade II listed buildings, giving it an urban, industrial feel with terraces and views over the water. The scheme replaces an original plan for five full scale restaurants, which were likely to have been operated by larger chains, and which was given full permission in the summer of 2016. Despite the buildings

there being boarded off, including the former home of Gloucester Yacht Club, work has never started. A press statement on

the updated plans said: “Designed specifically for independent, regional food operators, the scheme offers a variety of sizes and styles for up to 15 new businesses. “Several leading regional businesses are already in advanced discussions with owners L&R Group and property advisers JLL about taking on space in this exciting new food destination. “Situated at the city end

of the docks, Gloucester Food Dock will reflect recent

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changes in people’s habits and preferences when it comes to eating out, including an increasing emphasis on smaller, independent and one-off outlets.” Businesses that have been attracted to the dockside location so far include Asian street food, charcoal grilled meats, coffee roasters, bakeries, craft beer and fish & chips. L&R development director

Ken Elliott told local media: “The food and beverage market has moved on from the large brands that have dominated many town centres, and this provides an opportunity for Gloucester and the region to do something new and to celebrate the best of its brilliant range of quality, independent food businesses – which we are delighted to be gathering together at

Gloucester Food Dock.” Under the plans, it is hoped

the site will further improve connections between the city and the quays, providing an additional access stairway to the dockside between the existing buildings. L&R operations director

Sarah Mansfield said: “We are bringing together a group of energetic, creative and dedicated regional food businesses which share our vision to create an exciting new waterfront food hub specialising in tasty, independently produced food.

“Some will be very new and

others more established, but they will be chosen because they complement each other, are dedicated to producing fantastic food and have a sense of theatre.” Daniel Mi l ford, senior surveyor for property

consultants JLL, added: “We are delighted to be working with L&G Group on such an exciting new scheme for Gloucester. “The strong interest

we’ve had from regional food operators already, plus recent successes of independent-focused food destinations, particularly in waterside locations, confirm that this is exactly the right way to go for Gloucester. “It will bring a whole new

offer to the city and exactly the link we’ve long been waiting for between the docks and the city centre.” The completion of the

public space around Back Badge Square and the grand staircase at the north end of the docks will make the new waterfront destination ideally suited to public events and performances, said L&R. In 2016 Ladybellegate

Market stall with a conscience

An eco-friendly, zero packaging, zero waste food stall has opened in Leeds’ famous Kirkgate Market. Co-owned by Aimée McAlpine and Ian Thursfield, ‘The Jar Tree’ was born after the pair became increasingly frustrated with the difficulty of maintaining sustainable lifestyles in a retail world of excessive packaging. Mr Thursfield told local media: “I did an

online shop and one little can of coke came in a plastic container, in a carrier bag wrapped in another bigger carrier bag. It’s massively excessive.” Ms McAlpine added: “Supermarkets use so

much non-recyclable packaging. I don’t see why fruit and veg has to be packaged – you can’t get a cucumber without plastic for love nor money.”

The new addition to Kirkgate Market

operates under a ‘weigh-and-pay’ system, which means that customers bring their own containers in which they take away the quantity of food they want to buy. Household items, toiletries, containers and cleaning products are also sold here. Ms McAlpine said that after she got into the

zero waste movement last summer, people kept recommending shops that were miles away. She added: “There’s no way I’m going all the way to Huddersfield just for rice. We needed somewhere in Leeds.” The two ent repreneurs star ted a

crowdfunding page and raised the £1,000 needed to set up the business, which is now open in the historic market, next to the Food Hall.

Estates Limited, owned by L&R Group, were given planning permission for an earlier scheme. With the changes in the market, however, they have submitted this fresh planning application with a design that allows for more spaces tailored for smaller businesses. Property advisors JLL have

been instructed to broker the lease deals at the new Gloucester Food Dock.

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