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Whitecroft - Gloucestershire

The former Vencel Resil factory in Whitecroft, near Lydney, Gloucestershire was acquired from Jabelite Limited, the parent company of Vencel Resil, in October 2011.  The factory had been vacant since 2009 following the plant’s closure.


Located within the Forest of Dean, one of England’s few remaining ancient woodlands, the site has a long industrial history, including coal mining, a latex works and most recently a manufacturer of polystyrene products mainly for the building industry.


Set in the picturesque village of Whitecroft, with convenient links to the M4 and M5, this vacant industrial site is considered to offer an ideal location for residential development.  


  • Full planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of the site to deliver 49 residential dwellings in April 2013.
  • This sensitively designed scheme will regenerate a vacant industrial site and will enhance the gateway into Whitecroft.
  • The scheme will deliver much needed affordable homes and publicly accessible open space, along with improvements to the local highway and footpath network.
  • Specialist contractors were appointed to undertake the removal of asbestos and the industrial buildings have now been demolished.
  • Works have commenced to remediate identified areas of hydrocarbon contamination.
  • Ecological enhancements will be provided as part of the site’s redevelopment.

Key Facts

No. Acres: 7.26

No. Units: 49

Requirements: Demolition, Infrastructure, Planning and Decontamination

Purchased From: Jabelite Limited

Sold To: Redrow Homes

Date Acquired: October 2011

Date Sold: June 2013

Previous Classification: Brownfield