Homes approved £4.3m scheme will see properties demolished
PLANS to redevelop an eyesore site to provide 27 new homes have been approved. Councillors at Cheltenham Borough Council voted unanimously in favour of the £4.3 million redevelopment of the Monkscroft Villas site.
The scheme will see three properties on the site knocked down and replaced with a mixture of one and two-bed flats, two two-bed houses, parking and cycle spaces and landscaping.
Gloucester-based construction firm EG Carter & Co Ltd has been confirmed as the lead on the demolition and redevelopment of the site in Princess Elizabeth Way.
Peter Hatch, executive director (property and communities) at Cheltenham Borough Homes, said: “We’re excited to be working with EG Carter & Co Ltd – a well-established local company with a proven track record of delivering high-quality housing.
“The site has been in need of development for a long time, so it is fantastic to be in the position to get started and to deliver more affordable homes to Cheltenham.”
The properties will also have solar panels installed, which will help to reduce the energy costs, storing unused energy in batteries for future use.
Properties will be offered under mixed tenure, including the option of shared ownership, to increase the options available to local residents.
Clearance work has already begun on the site, with CBH consulting ecologists to make sure that as much of the existing greenery is preserved as possible.
Mark Harries, associate director at EG Carter & Co Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cheltenham Borough Council on the Monkscroft Villas regeneration scheme.
“The project will significantly lift the appearance of the area and we are pleased to assist the local area in proving much-needed quality affordable housing.”
Councillor Peter Jefferies, cabinet member for housing at Cheltenham
Borough Council, said: “What fantastic news for this brownfield site.
“I’m really pleased to have more affordable council housing being delivered in the town.
“As the council has declared a climate emergency, it’s really exciting how we’re investing in greener technologies for our housing, making our properties more efficient, and I really look forward to this scheme being completed.”
Demolition of the existing properties is scheduled to take place later this summer with building starting in the autumn.
For more information on the project, and to keep up to date with progress, visit cbh.org.
How the scheme could look