No to housing Plan for 215 homes and food store refused by council
PLANS to build more than 200 homes on green fields in Bishop’s Cleeve were refused this week.
Councillors on Tewkesbury Borough Council’s planning committee voted to reject a 215-home development on the western edge of the village by a majority of 14.
Developer Gladman Homes wanted to construct the homes, a food store and other commercial units on land off Stroke Road.
The plot is next to the Malvern View Business Park and opposite household recycling centre Wingmoor Farm.
The 215 houses, with a mix of two to five bedrooms, would take up more than six hectares.
The proposals also included 300 square metres for a food store and more than two hectares for employment land which would be an extension of Malvern View Business Park.
Member of Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Council, Wendy Hopkins, said in the meeting the development would cause “demonstrable harm” to the village.
She compared Bishop’s Cleeve to Tewkesbury town and highlighted that the village’s population is far bigger.
She said: “The village at the moment has 14,000-15,000 of people living there and more than 5,000 of Band B houses. Tewkesbury town has a population of 11,000 and 3,000 Band B homes.
“Bishop’s Cleeve is larger in terms of population and homes compared to Tewkesbury town.
“This tells us that the amount of the large scale developments in BC since 2011 makes it unsustainable and is
skewing spatial strategy.
“We really feel that this causes demonstrable harm to the village.
“Bishop’s Cleeve also has a lack of employment provision and opportunities compared to Tewkesbury town.”
A design and access statement, submitted to the borough council by Gladman Homes, said a new food store will serve Bishop Cleeve residents.
The statement said: “The development proposes 300sq.m of food retail at its junction with Stoke Road.
“This has potential to serve both new and existing residents, local employees as well as users of Stoke Road.
“Convenient pedestrian linkages are proposed to Bishop’s Cleeve.
“Proposed employment land would provide job opportunities for residents and the Cleevelands development to the north of the site features a range of facilities and amenities.”
Council officers were minded the application be refused becausethe harms of the development “would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits”.
An artist’s impression of how some of the houses would have looked in Bishop’s Cleeve