From an eyesore to asset ‘Problematic’ area given revamp with homes plan
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]plc.com
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