At break­ing point – hous­ing plan fears

Scheme in­cludes 215 homes, a shop and com­mer­cial units

Gloucestershire Echo - - FRONT PAGE - Leigh BOOBYER [email protected]­

PLANS to build more than 200 homes on fields in Bishop’s Cleeve will be con­sid­ered next week.

Glad­man Homes wants to con­struct 215 houses, a shop and other com­mer­cial units on land off Stoke Road.

The plot is next to the Malvern View Busi­ness Park and op­po­site Grun­don Waste Man­age­ment Ltd’s base.

Coun­cil­lors on Tewkes­bury Bor­ough Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee are be­ing rec­om­mended by of­fi­cers to refuse the devel­op­ment at a meet­ing next week.

Res­i­dents have ex­pressed fears over new de­vel­op­ments in the vil­lage, with con­cerns about traf­fic, flood­ing, pol­lu­tion and in­suf­fi­cient in­fras­truc­ture.

The devel­op­ment – a mix of two to five-bed­room prop­er­ties – would take up more than six hectares.

The pro­pos­als also in­clude 300 square me­tres for a food store and more than two hectares for em­ploy­ment land, which would be an ex­ten­sion of the busi­ness park.

The homes would mostly be two storeys, while the busi­ness units would be two and three storeys high.

Res­i­den­tial park­ing would be pro­vided by bays, drive­ways and garages.

Around five hectares would be al­lo­cated for green space and a basin would be built to pre­vent flood­ing, with sur­face wa­ter run-off chan­neled to Glebe Farm Brook.

Sev­eral ma­jor de­vel­op­ments are be­ing built in the area, in­clud­ing 127 homes off Gother­ing­ton Lane and 550 off the A435 at Cleeve­lands.

Ob­ject­ing to the new devel­op­ment,

one res­i­dent said in a let­ter to the bor­ough coun­cil: “Bishop’s Cleeve has been sat­u­rated with thou­sands of houses over the last 15 years and I be­lieve that the ob­jec­tions out­lined by Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Coun­cil in May 2018 to this fur­ther devel­op­ment elo­quently ex­plain why an­other devel­op­ment is to­tally wrong for this area.

“On a per­sonal note I must add that it feels quite suf­fo­cat­ing liv­ing here now with all this ex­tra hous­ing and the is­sues that they bring – it’s mak­ing Bishop’s Cleeve a much less hap­pier place to live.”

An­other res­i­dent said Bishop’s Cleeve was at “break­ing point”.

They said: “The in­fras­truc­ture sim­ply is not there to take any more new homes. A small Co-op on the Long­lands devel­op­ment just is not go­ing to ease the pres­sure on Tesco, where you are lucky to find a park­ing space.

“The traf­fic is a night­mare, the schools are full and even a new doc­tors’ surgery will strug­gle to cope.

“Some­thing dras­tic needs to hap­pen be­fore any new homes are built on this al­ready pres­sured small vil­lage.”

Highways Eng­land and Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s Highways de­part­ment have not ob­jected to the scheme.

A de­sign and ac­cess state­ment, sub­mit­ted to the bor­ough coun­cil by Glad­man Homes, said a new food store would serve Bishop’s Cleeve res­i­dents and pro­posed em­ploy­ment land would pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In a coun­cil doc­u­ment, an of­fi­cer said the harms of the devel­op­ment would “sig­nif­i­cantly and demon­stra­bly out­weigh the ben­e­fits”.

Coun­cil­lors will de­ter­mine the ap­pli­ca­tion on July 16, from 10am.

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