The West Cheltenham Consortium which comprises; Northern Trust Company Limited, Barberry Cheltenham Limited and Midlands Land Portfolio Limited has started preparing development proposals for the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) site to the west of Springbank and Fiddlers Green. The background to the development, technical issues, potential solutions and initial ideas were presented at the first public consultation meeting at Springbank Community Resource Centre on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June.
The site comprises 132.4 Ha (327 acres) of land adjoining the western urban edge of Springbank and Fiddlers Green. The site consists a series of medium scale arable and pastoral fields set in a gently undulating landscape.
The site has been identified in the Main Modifications to the JCS as an employment-led, mixed use allocation incorporating a cyber business park, employment and housing. This equates to circa 45 Ha of employment and 1,100 new homes. The allocation will remove the site from the Green Belt and safeguard the adjacent land, occupied by the Sewage Treatment Works, for the long-term development needs.
Shown below is the developer’s vision for the West Cheltenham project.
The designs presented by the consortium for the site attempt from their perspective to create a development which is responsive to its surrounding context and delivers a place to live, work and play which is unique to Cheltenham.
If you didn’t attend the consultation you can see the initial proposal presentation online at www.westcheltenham.com from where you can make your comments. These will assist the West Cheltenham consortium team to fully understand what the key issues are for people locally and how these can be accommodated within the masterplan. The developers will also be speaking with local groups and organisations; such as schools, sports clubs, health care providers and both Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Council as well as the County Council
A further public consultation will be held in the Autumn so people can see how the masterplan is evolving and how issues raised as part of this initial consultation have influenced the development proposed.
If you would like to discuss the development please feel free to attend the West Cheltenham Forum meeting from 5.30 till 7pm on 12th July at Hesters Way Community Resource Centre