Echo comment: We need houses as plans for 800 homes near Up Hatherley are discussed
WHEN Cathy Comes Home was first screened on television in 1966, it shocked a nation.
It was a glimpse into the world of homelessness and how one small problem could spiral until a life had unravelled entirely.
We are not saying that the good people of Cheltenham are in danger of facing this situation, but it does illustrate just why it is so important that we have enough housing for the future.
The loss of green fields is always lamented. We appreciate having space to move, the beautiful views, nature, and clean air. But if our population is growing, the reality is that people need somewhere to live. And the government has a responsibility to provide them with a home.
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What is important with proposals such as one to build 800 homes between Up Hatherley and Shurdington is the right infrastructure around it. We need to know that our roads can cope, that there will be enough school places, that doctors and hospitals can adapt to the influx of residents. We need to work out what jobs they can do locally.
Consultation is the key; finding out the views, getting ideas, and addressing real concerns is an important part of any application process.
We also need reassurance that the housing that could be built will be the right size, that there will be enough parking allocation to match the reality of our needs.
Not many years ago, the area known as Up Hatherley was made of perfect green fields. When applications were submitted to build on them, residents in the area fought the plans. Now Up Hatherley is part of our Cheltenham community. It is full of people, many of whom grew up in the town, many of whom wanted to stay, close to their loved ones, and raise their families in Cheltenham.
We need housing. We just need to make sure it is right, in the right place and built in the right way.
WE love the story of Gustave-Alain Miesegaes, who has travelled all the way from Switzerland to see the classic car that his father once owned.
To us, it highlights the need many have to search out and understand their own personal history.
Classic cars are part of our country's rich heritage, but not many of us have the chance to see the exact vehicle that once meant so much to someone we love.