Complex brings new jobs and homes
ELDERLY people will benefit from plans to demolish a historic building to make space for a new care complex.
Cheltenham Borough Council's planning committee decided to grant permission for the demolition of the former Chelsea Building Society office buildings in Thirlestaine Road.
The redevelopment of the grade II listed building, which is in the town's conservation area, will create residential flats, an assisted living scheme and a care area with 147 homes. Mike Redman, director for built development with the borough council, said officers had been working closely with staff from Berkeley Homes and Beechcroft Developments, which is behind the project.
He added: "Our planning and conservation officers have worked positively with Berkeley Homes to ensure an imaginative design solution, which will bring new jobs and provide much-needed new homes in the town."
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The development will help towards the council's local plan requirement of making at least 40 per cent of new homes affordable.
Councillor Andrew McKinlay (LD, Up Hatherley), cabinet member for built environment, (pictured) said: "We are pleased that we have been able to achieve such a balanced scheme for the site. People have been very supportive of the plans, and unusually, for a development of this scale, we didn't receive any objections."