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Could a 260-home plan open the door to 1,000s more near Cheltenham?

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 06 August 2020 9:03

Could a 260-home plan open the door to 1,000s more near Cheltenham?

If a housebuilding already prolific in Gloucestershire plans 260 homes in a suburb of Cheltenham to be the thin end of the wedge of a major development, it faces stiff opposition. 

Persimmon Homes will be aware of the objections being filed with Cheltenham Borough Council alongside its application to build on the edge of Swindon Village. 

Councillors and residents have been sending their letters in response to the proposed development by the York-headquartered housebuilder for what is called Elms Park, to the North, North West of the spa town. 

Driving their actions is the memory of a application submitted by Persimmon Homes and Bloor Holmes in September 2016 for 4,115 homes, two schools and a business park in the same vicinity. 

The current site of interest is off Manor Road at Swindon Farm to the rear of the Gallagher Shopping Park. 

But the land is at the foot of the much larger space the two firms targeted previously, between Elmstone Hardwicke, Uckington and the A4019. 

It was a development valued in the region of £1 billion stretching across land within both Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council boundaries. 

Traffic concerns and environmental impact are among the reasons for the objections being raised as a result of the current, much smaller application. 

Cheltenham Borough Council is due to consider the application on Thursday next week (August 13). 

Persimmon has built houses at nearby Bishops Cleeve, Prestbury, in the Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Brockworth and Quedgeley. 

Pictured top: An example of a Persimmon Home house.