Housing Plans for homes near GCHQ look set for ap­proval

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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

This de­vel­op­ment will be an eye­sore and also cause the wors­en­ing of the park­ing sit­u­a­tion Local res­i­dent

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

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