The Regeneration Group had two key objectives:
- to support the regeneration of Forest Green
- to improve community facilities in the area.
An important part of the regeneration strategy was to retain Forest Green Rovers Football Club at Forest Green, by locating the football club to a new site on surplus playing fields at Nailsworth Primary School. This has now taken place.
The proposal to build a community hall at Forest Green was also part of the regeneration strategy.
The provision of a community centre became a primary objective of the Nailsworth Action Plan created as a result of a Market Town Health Check completed in 2005. Forest Green Residents Association was established in 2004 and they have a formalised relationship with the Stroud District Council.
The FGRA joined with the Town Council in a working party in 2007 to work on getting a community centre. They have established themselves as a main focus for support for the community facility in Forest Green.
The planning consent for Redrow Homes to build the new homes (now Beechwood Close and Highwood Close) on the site of the former Forest Green Rovers Stadium and the site of the Stroud College buildings, included a Section 106 planning agreement gifting the site now occupied by the Centre, to the Town Council for the provision of a community centre.
The Town Council commissioned an architect, Bruce Buchanan and Partners of Cheltenham to produce alternative designs for a centre. The Centre you now see was chosen from the two designs through public consultation. The result of this is a strikingly contemporary building that has all the elements that you would expect of cutting-edge green technology. The building has an ‘A’ energy rating.