Construction and Infrastructure

Plans for 250 houses revealed for Cheltenham

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 16 July 2020 9:54

Plans for 250 houses revealed for Cheltenham

Probably Gloucestershire’s biggest developer has its sights set on building 250 homes on land to the East of Cheltenham town centre. 

Boddington-based Robert Hitchens Ltd, the business currently driving forward a major project off Junction 9 of the M5 at Ashchurch, is also keen on land off Priors Road in Battledown. 

The new estate would be on the fields beside the Sainsbury's superstore with the road into the development leading in from Harp Hill.

We know all this because outline plans have gone into Cheltenham Borough Council which seeks approval to demolish Oakley Farm in Battledown and redevelop 14.9 hectare of the site.

Robert Hitchins said the development such developments were needed to address a shortfall in housing land supply and its proposal would help bring about ‘economic growth’. 

On a map the site can be found north of Harp Hill, south of Pillowell Close and to the West of Hewlett's Reservoir. 

The land is in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and and residents have already mobilised themselves to make their voices heard under the title Friends of Oakley Farm Pasture Slopes. 

“This development proposal will have a significant environmental impact on this sensitive site and will greatly affect the features for which it was designated,” said a statement from the group to the local authority.  

The developer, in its environmental impact assessment scoping application, said: “The potential effects of the proposed development will be mitigated through a series of measures during both the construction and operational phases.”