Builders demolishing an abandoned shop in Gloucester were ordered to dismantle tools after residents raised concerns about the development.

Cape Homes has been working on the old B Grade Domestics store on the corner of Armscroft Road and Barnwood Road for several weeks.

The site is adjacent to a public garden owned by Gloucester City Council and residents living nearby have raised concerns that the development could encroach on the small green area.

Gloucester City Council, which owns the land, has now asked the company to cease operations and is seeking legal advice. The developers working on the store site have planning permission to replace the retail unit to build a three / four-story block of flats with nine two-bedroom apartments

30-year-old Thomas Tucker has lived across from the former shop, which is now a construction site, for eight years. He is concerned about the loss of green space.

Mr. Tucker, a mechanic for an aerospace company, said, “I feel devastated because a lot of people really don’t have access to anywhere else. There is total disregard for the residents and the community in what they do.

Cross Keys Rest Area Garden before it was built by Cape Homes

“They don’t care how we feel about it, they just make money fast.

“I was on the council to prevent them from getting this through. I get support from our neighbors and people we know in the area.”

Ms. Tucker added, “Local residents like me are utterly disgusted at how the developers disregarded the area and procedures.”

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“We asked the developer to stop working.”

A Gloucester City Council spokesman said: “We are aware of this issue at the Cross Keys rest area and we appreciate the concerns of residents.

“As landowners, we asked the contractor to stop work and are currently seeking legal advice.”

“I feel devastated,” said Thomas Tucker

Commentary was requested from Cape Homes, a Mark Holland Group company.

The public land may be for sale, residents have until today (May 27th) to appeal.

Residents must address their objections in writing to Gloucester City Council reception, The Gateway on Westgate Street in Gloucester city center in order to meet the deadline.

Letter must be addressed to Gloucester City Council Property Commissioning Manager, North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2FB.

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