AMBITIOUS plans have been submitted for a major development in the heart of Stroud. 

Dransfield properties, which own the Five Valleys Shopping Centre, have applied to Stroud District Council for a two storey office block. 

Located near F.Hinds, the construction site of the office block can be seen from the King Street entrance to the shopping centre. 

Similar plans had been previously submitted and subsequently granted planning permission in 2018. 

The new plans are in part retrospective, meaning they follow certain aspects of this previous application. 

The new plans for the office block, which would be located at the site of the former yard and service area, were submitted to SDC on Wednesday, November 22. 

According to the plans, 12 new jobs could be created at the site where work has already begun and is expected to be completed around Easter time. 

A planning document reads: "The appearance of the development would enhance the visual perspective of the site and its relationship with the wider town centre.

"It makes efficient use of the site, creating a safe, secure, and attractive environment without being overdeveloped or out of context for this location.

"The walls will be a mixture of rendered panels and a yellow London stock brick (final colours to be agreed) to provide an element of extra quality to the scheme

“The proposed design is traditional, consistent with occupier requirements and positively addresses the wider urban design issues arising by providing an appealing feature set back from King Street.”

James Shepherd, managing director for Dransfield Properties, said: “The building is really starting to take shape now and we have strong interest from a number of potential occupiers for the office units.

"Bringing people to live and work within our schemes supports our retail and hospitality businesses seven days a week.

"It’s vital for shopping centres to be diverse in their use to ensure their success.

"We look forward to this part of our re-development of Five Valleys being complete in Easter.”