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New developments for Forest of Dean

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced work is set to begin on an ambitious project to deliver new employment opportunities and myriad new business premises for the Forest of Dean.Contractors for the HCA are this month getting underway on detailed investigations into the £10.5 million Northern Quarter Spine Road project that will provide in-depth technical information that will be essential for the provision of new business and learning facilities in the area.A range of innovative college and business premises are to be built at the site over the coming months, with construction efforts to centre on providing a welcome boost to the local economy.It aims to unlock at least £100 million in inward investment and create upwards of new 1,200 jobs, with demolition and clearance work of the former Northern United colliery site completed earlier this year, meaning the HCA is now in a position to drive forward the project.Councillor Patrick Molyneux, leader of the Forest of Dean District Council, said: "It's great to see the development moving forward and some positive action on the ground.  This is a great opportunity for Cinderford and the rest of the Forest."Analysis of the site is expected to be completed by the end of September, with a local consultation on the plans to be unveiled before the end of 2013.It follows strong support from the Forest of Dean District Council's planning committee earlier this year for the proposals, with the project set to deliver a new modern business and learning space that will be of great benefit to the area.Indeed, the first architect designs for the new Gloucestershire College to be built as part of the scheme were unveiled last week (September 16th), with facility to consist of three distinct elements - a vocational training area, sixth form centre and central hub - complete with dining, social and teaching facilities.Work on the project will get underway, if all goes to plan, in spring next year and the HCA is hoping to have the new facility up and running by August 2015, ready for its first intake of students. 

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