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Fears over University of Gloucestershire campus homes plan

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: October 13, 2011

Homes could be built on half of the Pittville campus

Homes could be built on half of the Pittville campus

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UNIVERSITY of Gloucestershire bosses have sold half a campus to a housing giant as part of their cost-cutting drive.

The institution has picked developer Charles Church as the firm to build homes on the Pittville site.

Details of the scheme are being kept firmly under wraps, but a county councillor yesterday warned the development could have far-reaching consequences.

Councillor David Prince (PAB, Oakley, Pittville and Prestbury) said: "It will have a big impact, particularly with the plans for Starvehall Farm.

"We've known about the campus for a while and these two should be looked at in the whole, not as individuals.

"The impact of them together would be very significant.

"You can't look at all these developments in isolation because sooner or later one will break the camel's back."

Mr Prince said the number of houses on the site was likely to exceed 100 and any plan should be considered in conjunction with the other large-scale developments, involving several hundred homes, at Starvehall Farm and North Place.

There are fears over the impact any development could have on infrastructure, including roads and other public services.

He added: "We should not be accepting any other large-scale developments until our housing needs in the town have been set."

The site, on the corner of New Barn Lane and Albert Road, was vacated over the summer.

The media and art and design teaching blocks relocated to The Park, Francis Close Hall and the Hardwick site in St Paul's.

University bosses have retained half the three-hectare site for student accommodation, with the other portion being signed over to the developer.

University estates director, Nigel Wichall said: "Following an extensive marketing campaign, Charles Church was successful in securing the development site and, in partnership with the university, it is their intention to submit a planning application for residential development."

He added that the project was at an early stage and residents would have a chance to have their say over the coming months.

Charles Church yesterday refused to reveal how many homes could potentially be built on the site.

It said more information would be available by the end of the year.

A planning application could be lodged in 2012.

The company's land manager, James Wilson, said: "We will be consulting with the community from the outset to ensure we keep them informed of our plans."

The plans are part of a £5 million campus redesign, which has seen courses moved away from Pittville and new facilities built elsewhere.

In 2010, the university sold its London campus for £9.7m.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  October 13 2011, 11:02PM

    Shortsighted.

  • Observant  |  October 13 2011, 8:20PM

    With all these new homes and pressure to build more its time to debate a RING ROAD for cheltenham. Reduced traffic less accidents less noise lets start the ball rolling and it may be completed by 2020

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