New plans for 1,100 homes on Leckhampton green space
BATTLE is set to resume over controversial plans to build more than 1,000 new homes on green space in Cheltenham.
A consortium of developers is due to reveal revised plans to build 1,100 homes on land between Shurdington Road and Church Road in Leckhampton – down from the 1,300 dwellings previously proposed.
The designs, which include a new primary school and 25 hectares of green space, will be unveiled at two public exhibitions on February 23 and 24, before a planning application is submitted in the spring. Environment campaigners in the Leckhampton Green Land Action Group (Leglag) will once again lead the fight against the development plans.
Members want to protect the green space and are opposed to the increase in traffic the development would cause.
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Leglag chairman Kit Braunholtz said: "The 1,100 homes are an improvement on 1,300, but it's still far too many. We would like to see around 300 homes, but we would rather have none at all.
"We think the land is valuable as it is. It could house a farm or be a country park. Basically we want to see some real countryside that people can get to."
Leglag members conducted their own exit poll when the previous plans were shown to the public in the autumn, and said 94 per cent of the almost 900 people they surveyed were against the scheme.
The new plans will be displayed at Leckhampton CofE Primary from 11am to 7pm on February 23, and at the main hall of the Parish Church of St Paul in Shurdington from 1pm to 6pm on February 24.
A cottage hospital, care home and offices are also planned for the development.
Ally Kennedy, spokesman for the consortium of developers, said: "We are looking to retain the most popular features of the development, including newly protected public open space, allotments, play areas and the GP surgery.
"I would encourage all local people to come to the events and talk to us about the draft plans before an application is submitted to Cheltenham and Tewkesbury councils."
The consortium will give "comprehensive financial contributions" to public facilities on and off the development.