Proposed Cheltenham town centre redevelopment recommended for approval by planning bosses
A SUBSTANTIAL redevelopment project in Cheltenham is set to be given the green light.
Developers have been putting the final touches to plans which will see a large supermarket, a five storey multi-storey car park and more than 100 homes built on car parks opposite The Brewery.
The North Place and Portland Street car parks will be redeveloped if Cheltenham borough councillors agree to officers' recommendations to permit the scheme.
The North Place Development has been identified as a key site to breathe new life into the town.
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The sites currently provides 813 car parking spaces.
The supermarket group has not yet been confirmed, but whichever company does move in will have almost 6,000sqm of overall floor space to fill.
The entrance to the superstore will face St Margaret's Road, with a large atrium due to be built.
Room would be set aside in the atrium for a restaurant and 700sqm of space will be earmarked for other shops.
Meanwhile, the housing element of the scheme, which will be split into three distinct north, south and west blocks, will be built on the Portland Street site.
It will be made up of 143 homes with a mix of town houses, apartments and some underground parking. Affordable homes will make up 57 of the units. The development also includes provision for a bus node with three parking bays, a waiting room and information kiosk for passengers. All of this will follow the demolition of the existing buildings and other structures on the car park sites, all of which is located within a conservation area.
Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council, Councillor Steve Jordan (LD, All Saints), said: "Development of this site is a key part of improving the town centre as a whole when it is linked to the other work being done with The Brewery, the shopping arcades and the museum and art gallery.
"It is all positive news for the town. When the council purchased the land the intention was always to develop it. It has just taken a while to get there – obviously subject to planning permission being granted next week."
Councillors on the council's planning committee will discuss the plans next Thursday at 6pm in the Municipal Offices.