Garden village Determination is praised as Government gives cash
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