New plans for a multi-million pound waterside development in Brimscombe will be revealed this week.

Stroud District Council’s is previewing its ambitions for Brimscombe Port at a public consultation event on Thursday and is inviting local residents to give their views.

The former inland port, which dates back to the 1780s, became redundant after the era of the canals as a mode of transport came to an end - it was filled in during the 1960s and then turned into an industrial site.

Now, with around £4m in funding secured, the council wants to create room for up to 150 homes, space for community facilities and businesses and potentially 26 boat moorings.

Previews of the plans comes ahead of the council submitting a planning application in the New Year, putting on paper how it will overcome the challenge of engineering a new canal basin, river crossing, culverts and new roads.

Residents will have the chance to speak to the development’s engineer, architect, and council officers at the event between 3pm and 6.30pm on Thursday, December 13, in the West Suite of the listed Port Mill building in the centre of the port.

The plans will also be available to be viewed during open times at The Ship Inn, Brimscombe until 20 December.

Cllr Doina Cornell, leader of Stroud District Council, said:

“It’s important that the views of the local community are taken into consideration before the planning application is submitted. I hope that local residents will take this opportunity to speak directly to the people working on this exciting project.”