Hous­ing New lease of life for eye­sore shopping cen­tre

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By SAMUEL PORT [email protected]­plc.com

THE site of a for­mer shopping cen­tre which had be­come an eye­sore has been trans­formed with the com­ple­tion of a hous­ing es­tate.

The for­mer Spring­bank shopping cen­tre had be­come one of Chel­tenham’s most no­to­ri­ous grot spots.

Its plight was even raised in Par­lia­ment by the town’s MP Alex Chalk.

But the area has un­der­gone a trans­for­ma­tion with the cre­ation of the Newlands Gar­dens de­vel­op­ment.

And houses have been snapped up with only three re­main­ing on the mar­ket.

Mr Chalk, who used the site as an ex­am­ple when rais­ing the is­sue of eye­sores in the Com­mons, praised the de­vel­op­ment.

He said: “New­land Gar­dens is a hugely suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment that breathes life back into the area and re­places an eye­sore that was drag­ging the area down.

“The com­ple­tion of this high-qual­ity

and sym­pa­thetic de­vel­op­ment is great news for Chel­tenham and Spring­bank.”

Part of the es­tate has been named Mor­ris Walk after for­mer Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil mem­ber and town mayor John Mor­ris, who pro­moted the vi­sion to turn around Spring­bank.

Councillor Suzanne Wil­liams (LD, Spring­bank) said: “This site was im­por­tant to John Mor­ris, a for­mer col­league of mine.

“He would have been very pleased to see how amaz­ingly dif­fer­ent it is now. The area looks fab­u­lous.

“On be­half of John and my col­league Peter Jef­fries, I would like to wish the new res­i­dents a happy time as mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

Jeremy Drew, de­sign di­rec­tor for devel­op­ers New­land Homes, said: “New­land Gar­dens is an ex­am­ple of how high-qual­ity homes that meet the needs of lo­cal peo­ple and the lo­cal area can be brought for­ward by work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with lo­cal stake­hold­ers, the coun­cil and our MP.

“Ev­ery­one has con­trib­uted to­wards its suc­cess and we’re proud to show it off.

“The re­sult is first rate as was promised from the be­gin­ning.

“De­mo­li­tion is now com­plete on our lat­est site in Chel­tenham, off Prest­bury Road, and we look for­ward to repli­cat­ing our suc­cess there.”

Andy Hayes, of the Hester’s Way Part­ner­ship, said: “The last 10 to 12 years have been trans­for­ma­tive for Spring­bank and this is the last piece of the jig­saw.

“The for­mer shopping cen­tre area had al­ways strug­gled and this blighted, for­got­ten area had ended up sep­a­rat­ing the com­mu­ni­ties around it.

“Now, with New­land Gar­dens they have all been brought to­gether and all the ‘no-go’ ar­eas have been re­moved.

“Over the years a num­ber of devel­op­ers have looked at the site but failed to re­solve it un­til New­land Homes came and were able to fig­ure out how to make this work for ev­ery­one.”

The last piece of se­cu­rity fenc­ing is taken down at Newlands Gar­dens

Alex Chalk MP, right, with Chris Parker (New­land Homes) Heidi Wood (Spring­bank site man­ager), Erica Povey, Dale Martin (New­land Homes), Councillor Suzanne Wil­liams, Andy Hayes (Hester’s Way Part­ner­ship) and Jeremy Drew (New­land Homes)

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