Captions and Intro text

For the introduction text, we all decided to help write one large chunk which would explain all our projects. We thought this would be a better idea than having multiple large bits of texts which people most likely wouldn’t read.
However, we have each separately created captions to go along with each image to show individuality for our work.


Historically, greenbelt land has always been protected by laws to prevent the development of houses. Greenbelts were introduced after World War II to stop cities expanding into the countryside and being spoilt. There are many beneficial factors of a greenbelt which include; air quality for urban areas, preservation of character for historical towns, educational and recreational uses and the prevention of rural communities being merged with larger urban populations. Across the UK there are plans for 362,346 houses to be built on greenbelts.

Current planning regulations allow building on the greenbelt only “in exceptional circumstances” and there have been building plans confirmed on Greenbelt land throughout Gloucestershire. This project endeavours to document the effect this decision will have on the environment, the communities, the infrastructure and the architecture. In this country, we tend to view our landscape as green rolling hills and picturesque cottages, but in reality, we need to recognise the increasing need for housing due to the rising populace.

In North West Cheltenham, there are plans for 4115 new homes to be built across a 251-hectare greenbelt site, between Swindon Village, Uckington and Elmstone Hardwicke. The proposed plans include new schools, a business park, transport links to Cheltenham and Tewkesbury and will also create 5000 jobs. 35% of the housing will be ‘affordable’ and will target first-time homeowners. 40% of the development will allow for green natural spaces. The outcry from the local community has resulted in the number of houses being reduced from 4850 to 4115. Active members of the community continue the fight to protect their idyllic countryside and the benefits it provides.

The outskirts of Gloucester are also facing development, Twigworth, on the north side of Gloucester has a proposal for 1363 new houses and Brockworth on the east, has 1500 proposed. The Brockworth build is said to include houses, shops, offices and health facilities to reduce strain on the ready existing services. The building of these extra houses, especially at Twigworth, will nearly double the amount of residents in the area. This will lead to strain on services and roads with the A38 already at full capacity.  These areas are already liable to flooding. Therefore, the increase of surface run off due to paving will only worsen the problems already faced.

With about 13% of England covered by greenbelt land and authorities in Gloucestershire being told that 35,175 houses need to be build by 2031 to meet population needs. These sites are now being seen as potential areas for development, much to locals disagreement.

Final Image Caption:

Adrienne Kerr
Rural-Urban Development
“The infrastructure isn’t there to cope with the extra amount of people.
The road network is clogged up enough without the potential of 6,000-
7,000 additional vehicles. There is going to be more air pollution and
people are going to be subjected to more fumes. This impact on the
environment hasn’t been taken on board.” – Peter Davies, Chairman of
Uckington Parish Council
8 Portfolio Captions:
‘The government won’t be honest and admit they think houses are more important than greenbelt land.’ – Barry Simon, Chairman of Swindon Village Society
‘The difficulty I have is that it’s just making Cheltenham that much bigger.’ – Resident of Elmstone Hardwicke
‘We’ve tried to keep the bones of an old village here, we’ve tried to keep the space a nice place to live in, and it is. There are different groups fighting this however, we’re all losing in different ways.’ – Resident of Elmstone Hardwicke
Anne Griffiths, resident of Elmstone Hardwicke opposed to the building
Mike Griffiths, resident of Elmstone Hardwicke opposed to the building
‘It’s 620 acres in total, so it’s a huge incursion into the greenbelt, and I think it will have a huge impact on the environment because it’s going to be close to the toxic landfill site,’ – Resident of Elmstone Hardwicke
‘4000 houses is excessive, but I understand the need for additional housing.’ – Resident of Elmstone Hardwicke
‘My wife and I have written our own individual comments and expressed our objections. It’s really important to get people involved and understanding what’s happening in their town instead of them accepting it’s going to happen anyway. Once the houses are built, and the industrial and business park have been put on, it’s too late. It’s gone.’ – Peter Davies, Chairman of Uckington Parish Council

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