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Latest news regarding proposals for 1,400 new homes on Churchdown greenbelt land.

As you will have read in previous issues of MyChurchdown Magazine, the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) comprising Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough Councils detailed that 1,400 new homes would be required in Churchdown (532 in North Churchdown and 868 in South Churchdown) up to 2031.

When the consultation period ended, an Independent Planning Inspector (Elizabeth Ord) was appointed to independently consider whether the JCS had been prepared in accordance with the duty to co-operate, whether it was legal and sound and whether it complied with the criteria set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The Inspector scheduled hearing sessions to cover all aspects of the JCS, and these hearings started in May and are continuing through to the end of July.

On Tuesday 14th July 2015, a trio of local residents attended the North and South Churchdown hearings to represent the views of local residents. The following were also in attendance:

  • Joint Core Strategy team
  • LDA Design for Gloucester City Council
  • Pegasus for Robert Hitchins Ltd.
  • RPS for Redrow Homes
  • DNS Planning and Design for Peter Ford
  • Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Gloucestershire

The hearings lasted three hours and during that time, the residents expressed their concerns about how the green belt is supposed to only be released in exceptional circumstances, and how the proposed developments did not make any infrastructure enhancements in terms of transport, healthcare or education. In particular, there were grave concerns about the volume of traffic along the B4063 Cheltenham Road East, and where it intersected Parton Road and Pirton Lane with no JCS solutions on how to tackle this problem being evident. The Inspector considered all the evidence, and will be undertaking accompanied site visits in September.

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