Plans for 110 homes at Gloucester Road Travis Perkins site on show
DESIGNS for a development of up to 110 new homes on the Travis Perkins site in Cheltenham have been shown to the public for the first time.
Development giant Taylor Wimpey wants to build the homes, which would be mainly three and four bedroom houses and a small number of flats, at the tool hire company's current base in Gloucester Road.
Travis Perkins would move to a new building on the vacant Bonella Works site in Tewkesbury Road as part of the proposal.
New pedestrian and cycle paths connected to the Honeybourne Line, the landscaping of both sites, and car and bike parking are also part of the scheme.
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Plans are also in place to add public art to the Honeybourne Line.
Images and outlines of the two developments have been displayed at Travis Perkins so that residents could give feedback.
Simon Hoare, a spokesman for the joint venture by Taylor Wimpey and Travis Perkins, said: "The redevelopment of these two brownfield sites offers an exciting opportunity to create much needed new housing for the area, with a well designed and landscaped residential scheme.
"At the same time, the relocation of Travis Perkins to larger, purpose built premises will ensure the retention of jobs and secure its continuing presence in Cheltenham.
"Our vision is to make the best use of the considerable assets on site and to add to these to provide an aspirational location for sustainable living and working which provides for the needs of the community. "
Letters were sent to around 2,000 nearby homes inviting residents to view the plans at Travis Perkins.
Mr Hoare said: "At the recent public consultation event we received strong support from local residents and lots of positive feedback on the proposals for the two new schemes."
However, Gloucester Road resident David Finch believes the housing development will cause traffic problems.
He said: "With 100-odd homes you would have 200 or 300 extra cars pulling in and out on a daily basis."
But fellow Gloucester Road resident Alistair Hardy argues that the site is a better option for housing than other areas being eyed by developers.
"It's a brownfield site so it's probably better to build there than on green belt land on the outskirts of town," he said.
Taylor Wimpey said the plans don't include a new access road to the development, but there would be modifications to the existing road.
Taylor Wimpey and Travis Perkins expect to submit a joint planning application to Cheltenham Borough Council before the end of the year.