Redevelopment of Springbank Shops

Since the consultation event on 11th November Newland Homes have produced more detailed plans for the redevelopment of the Springbank shopping centre. The proposals include 34 properties ranging from 1 bed appartments to 4 bed houses. They will be located on Pilgrove Way to the North and Springbank Way to the South. Space has been made available to the East of the site should a road be deemed valuable in the future.

See plans and elevations below;

For further details see Newland Homes website.

Development of West Cheltenham

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.

West Cheltenham Neighbourhood Plan

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.