No to hous­ing Plan for 215 homes and food store re­fused by coun­cil

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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

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