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Plans for 110 homes at Gloucester Road Travis Perkins site on show

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

  • Looking forward: An artist's impression of the development at the Travis Perkins site

  • Now: The Travis Perkins site

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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.

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.

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  • Dave_t10  |  November 24 2012, 1:59AM

    "Taylor Wimpey said the plans don't include a new access road to the development, but there would be modifications to the existing road." And we know what that means, they will simply stick in a new roundabout or worse still, yet another set of traffic lights. Maybe Taylor Wimpey should either make clear what their plans include or change their plans rather than making bland statements like this.

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  • johnstevens3  |  November 23 2012, 11:34PM

    So if we don't build homes on the site, then what will we build there? I know lets turn it back into a nice green field, and build 100 homes on the green belt land instead.

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  • peterkin  |  November 23 2012, 7:16PM

    The article repeats the statement that "Letters were sent to around 2,000 nearby homes inviting residents to view the plans at Travis Perkins." In fact the letter was sent to account holders. I know because I have an account with Travis Perkins.

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  • tishwash  |  November 23 2012, 5:59PM

    @johnstevens3 there may be more than 200 a day using it currently but I think he means during rush hour when people go to/from work. whereas the current vehicles are spread through the day.

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  • TheNub  |  November 23 2012, 4:00PM

    how many cars vans and lorries go in and out of the yard 6 days a week now mr finch..

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  • Barney0123  |  November 23 2012, 2:42PM

    Althouh, I agree with building on Brown Belt. Never mind the thought of at least 200 more cars, has any one thought about the families that'll move in there? I am assuming along with these families will be children who need to go to school!!!! So, my question would be...Where are these children going to go to school??? Given that Gloucester Rd infant & Junioe School is now half it's orig**** size. Rowanfield is full and so is Christchurch is full!!!. That is just the Primary schools.... as for the Senior schools, Bournside is already also full....Alsaints is already 2 schools rolled into one!!!! Just some food for thought!!!!!! Look forward to your comments, may be I'm just being sinical???

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  • johnstevens3  |  November 23 2012, 1:33PM

    So Mr Finch is worried about 200 cars accessing the new development, I would guess traffic movement is more then 200 a day using the present site, including large HGV vehicles, I know I used to work there.

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  • CrowDog  |  November 23 2012, 12:29PM

    i doubt 200+ cars is going to cause CHAOS considering theres thousands of cars that go down there everyday 200 more wont make much difference? lol

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  • amy86  |  November 23 2012, 12:17PM

    There would definitely need to be another access road to this site if it goes ahead. The majority of households are 2 car families at least so another 200+ cars would create chaos on the already busy Gloucester road!

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