Gar­den vil­lage De­ter­mi­na­tion is praised as Govern­ment gives cash

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF - Phillip THOMP­SON phillip.thomp­[email protected]­

THE govern­ment has awarded Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil £150,000 as part of plans to create a new gar­den vil­lage in the west of the town.

Af­ter invit­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in 2018 to sub­mit am­bi­tious pro­pos­als for high qual­ity new gar­den com­mu­ni­ties, Chel­tenham was awarded the funds af­ter “step­ping up to the mark”.

Dubbed ‘Cy­ber Cen­tral Gar­den Vil­lage,’ Hous­ing Min­is­ter Kit Malt­house said the pro­posal demon­strated ‘real de­ter­mi­na­tion’ in help­ing the govern­ment de­liver 300,000 new homes a year from the mid-2020s na­tion­ally.

The money will be used to sup­port plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions and spe­cial­ist re­ports that would need to be pro­duced be­fore the new homes are built.

Mr Malt­house said: “Build­ing the homes the coun­try need is vi­tal to the na­tion’s success - but they need to be homes that will be­come part of thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties; places where the gen­er­a­tions who come af­ter us want to live.

“I am con­fi­dent that Cy­ber Cen­tral Gar­den Vil­lage will do just that, and I con­grat­u­late Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil for step­ping up to the mark, demon­strat­ing real de­ter­mi­na­tion which helps de­liver out am­bi­tion of 300,000 new homes a year from the mid-2020s.”

Cab­i­net mem­ber for devel­op­ment and safety at the bor­ough coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor An­drew Mckin­lay (LD, Up Hather­ley) said: “This award is very en­cour­ag­ing and shows that the govern­ment is sup­port­ive of our am­bi­tious vision for Cy­ber Cen­tral at West Chel­tenham as a Gar­den Com­mu­nity.

“We have the op­por­tu­nity of delivery

that has in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion, a bal­anced com­mu­nity that is led by strong de­mand of growth in the cy­ber industry.

“With the govern­ment’s con­tin­ued sup­port as part of this high pro­file pro­gramme, we will be able to learn from oth­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ences to make the very best of cre­at­ing vi­brant new com­mu­ni­ties, with unique em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties around the cy­ber industry, in­te­grat­ing high qual­ity homes, ac­ces­si­ble and sus­tain­able trans­port, as well as in­no­va­tive uses of tech­nol­ogy.

“This is a good team ef­fort and a great day for Glouces­ter­shire.”

The joint pro­ject be­tween Chel­tenham and Tewkes­bury bor­ough coun­cils, with the sup­port of Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil, Gfirst LEP and lo­cal MPS, hopes to de­velop a vision for a pi­o­neer­ing new com­mu­nity which will be­come the fo­cal point for the cy­ber se­cu­rity industry glob­ally, na­tion­ally and lo­cally.

Lead mem­ber for built en­vi­ron­ment at Tewkes­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Mel Gore (C, Is­bourne) added: “It is fan­tas­tic that the Govern­ment are back­ing this in­no­va­tive pro­ject.

“It means that lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties can be re­as­sured that the Cy­ber Cen­tral scheme will pro­duce a pi­o­neer­ing devel­op­ment that will be backed by the ex­per­tise, qual­ity and in­fra­struc­ture needed to make it wor­thy of lo­cal, na­tional and even global in­ter­est.”

The new gar­den vil­lage ties into plans for the cre­ation of a new Cy­ber Park in west Chel­tenham.

Devel­op­ers claimed, at a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in Fe­bru­ary plans for the park, that £650mil­lion would be in­vested in the plans which would create 7,000 jobs and pro­vide 1,200 new homes.

It had al­ready been re­ported that the govern­ment had al­lo­cated £22m for the devel­op­ment.

Gar­den vil­lages, which are smarter set­tle­ments be­tween 1,500 and 10,000 homes, are sim­i­lar to gar­den towns only on a smaller scale.

Top, plans for Cy­ber Cen­tral. Above, the vil­lages ties into plans for a new cy­ber park which would be built near GCHQ

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