The recent announcements in the press about the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) inspection look like they will have a significant impact on the west Cheltenham area. The land to the west of Fiddlers Green has been earmarked for a 45 hectare business park with a focus on high tech companies potentially linked to the cyber security world of GCHQ. To the west of Springbank on what is now farmland is a proposal for 500 or more residential properties. If you would like more information please take a look at the JCS link above
A discussion will also take place regarding the new Cheltenham Plan Part 1 draft . This will also have implications for the west of Cheltenham.
After a period of 13 weeks of public consultation and against the advice of planning officers Cheltenham Borough Council decided not to designate the proposed West Cheltenham Neighbourhood Plan or Forum. The grounds cited for this decision were as follows;
“The Council considers that the submitted forum application has been made for an area which is not appropriate as a neighbourhood area. The area cuts across ward boundaries and includes a number of separate communities, which would reduce community cohesion. The Council considers that because the area applied for is not agreed as constituting an appropriate area, the membership of the applied for forum cannot be found to comply with Section 61F(5) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 part (c); having a membership of “a minimum of 21 individuals each of whom lives in the neighbourhood area concerned”
The Forum will meet to discuss the way forward on Wednesday 18th January at 5.30pm.
As you may be aware owing to the proposed reduction in the number of parliamentary seats and therefore the number of MPs the Boundary Commission has been asked to redraw the electoral ward boundaries. The result of the proposed changes will mean that your address may be in a new electoral area; this is the case in parts of Springbank. This proposed change is for parliamentary boundaries only and will only effect the election of a member of parliament. If you would like to see the proposed new boundaries or make a comment please see the link below; Deadline for comments has passed