Relocation of residents gets the go-ahead
PERMISSION has been granted for a housing association to start the process of moving tenants out of their homes to pave the way for new affordable houses to be built.
Plans are on the table from Cheltenham Borough Homes to build a total of 58 new units across six different locations.
And Cheltenham Borough Council's cabinet had given the go ahead for the not-for-profit organisation to look at moving the people who currently live on the earmarked land.
Residents currently living in Cakebridge Place in Whaddon, one of the targeted sites, had said they did not want to leave.
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The other sites included Crabtree Place and four old garages across Cheltenham.
Twenty-four homes have been suggested for Crabtree Place, with 20 in Cakebridge Place and 14 on the garages.
During the cabinet meeting, Cheltenham Borough Homes representatives spoke of the need to take into account the "highly sensitive decant issues" surrounding the plans.
They also pledged their commitment to consultation.
Speaking at the meeting, Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing and safety, said: "I think it is a really good news story.
"It is much needed affordable accommodation and credit to all those involved for thinking outside of the box to come up with something that we don't really have, and that's land."
Cabinet agreed to grant Cheltenham Borough Homes power to secure "the best deal" from developers to progress the scheme and to relocate tenants who live in homes within the redevelopment areas.
This would be subject to consultation and acceptable rehousing options being found.