Housing Plans for homes near GCHQ look set for approval
MORE than 20 homes could be built next door to Cheltenhambased intelligence agency GCHQ if plans are approved next week.
Cheltenham Borough Homes want to demolish three empty Monkscroft Villas in Princess Elizabeth Way, one of the main thoroughfares at the edge of the town centre.
The plans will see the villas demolished and a new 27-home estate will be built - a stone’s throw from GCHQ.
One resident however has described the buildings as an “eyesore”.
The development will include an apartment block with 18-one bed flats and nine two-bed apartments.
Two two-bed semi-detached houses with car parking are also being proposed.
Councillors on Cheltenham Borough Council’s planning committee are being asked to approve the housing estate ahead of a meeting next week.
At least 16 of the homes would be
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affordable due to policy set out by Cheltenham Borough Homes, an armslength company set up to maintain the authority’s housing stock.
There will also be three ‘flexi flats’ which are designed to be larger onebed flats, but with the option to be altered to have a second bedroom if needed.
Nineteen car-parking spaces and 41 cycle spaces are being proposed in the development.
A design and planning statement submitted by the application said: “The development aims to utilise previously underdeveloped land to provide a new residential development of high quality, mixed tenure, affordable housing on the fringes of the town centre.
“The intention is that this will increase the opportunity for Cheltenham’s inhabitants to live in a socially positive and sustainable environment.”
Of the 70 nearby residents consulted on the plans, three objected and none showed support.
One resident said: “This development will be an eyesore and also cause the worsening of the parking situation on Pinewood Drive as the current designs do not provide enough parking for the number of flats even if everyone only had one car.”
Cheltenham Borough councillors are expected to approve the homes at a meeting on May 28, from 6pm.
Top, the sit e in Princess Elizabeth Way where three empty houses could be demolished to make way for the housing development pictured in the artist’s impression above