From an eye­sore to as­set ‘Prob­lem­atic’ area given re­vamp with homes plan

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By ROBIN JENK­INS

A‘NO­TO­RI­OUSLY prob­lem­atic’ part of Chel­tenham has been to­tally trans­formed. The for­mer Spring­bank Shop­ping Cen­tre, in Pil­grove Way, Spring­bank, had be­come so badly af­fected by an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour that it had no shops left open by 2009.

It then de­te­ri­o­rated and was branded as an eye­sore by many, in­clud­ing Chel­tenham MP Alex Chalk.

From be­ing a brand new fa­cil­ity in the 1980s, it had turned into an un­wanted grot spot which put some peo­ple off liv­ing in the area.

But in 2017, to the re­lief of res­i­dents, the blot on the land­scape was re­moved at last.

Since then, 34 homes have been built there by Glouces­ter-based New­land Homes.

It worked with Hester’s Way Part­ner­ship, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil and Mr Chalk in or­der to de­sign and de­liver a de­vel­op­ment that would turn a ne­glected area into a de­sir­able place to live.

Andy Hayes, of Hester’s Way Part­ner­ship, said: “The fi­nal piece of the phys­i­cal re­gen­er­a­tion of Spring­bank has now been com­pleted with the trans­for­ma­tion of the for­mer shop­ping cen­tre site into the crisp de­vel­op­ment of prop­er­ties in New­land Gar­dens.

“Thanks to New­land Homes for their per­se­ver­ance in de­liv­er­ing a wellde­signed project on a no­to­ri­ously prob­lem­atic site and turn­ing what was once an eye­sore into an as­set for the area. We are pleased that the needs of the com­mu­nity have also been met lo­cally by the pro­vi­sion of the fan­tas­tic CMAS cafe ad­ja­cent to the new homes and by the im­mi­nent ar­rival of a com­mu­nity shop to be lo­cated in the Spring­bank Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Spring­bank is def­i­nitely on the up.”

New­land Homes said the trans­for­ma­tion of the site had made many house hunters con­sider an area of the town they had pre­vi­ously dis­counted.

Gail Rem­nant, its as­so­ciate sales di­rec­tor, said: “We’ve now sold more than half of the homes avail­able and we con­tinue to at­tract peo­ple new to the area, who have been im­pressed by the dif­fer­ence the de­vel­op­ment has made, as well as po­ten­tial fu­ture im­prove­ments to the area be­ing brought for­ward by oth­ers.” robin.jenk­[email protected]­

Thanks to New­land Homes for their per­se­ver­ance in de­liv­er­ing a wellde­signed project on a no­to­ri­ously prob­lem­atic site. Andy Hayes

The de­vel­op­ment in Spring­bank. Be­low, how the for­mer shop­ping cen­tre looked

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