Traffic fears over plan for 350 homes
Development would be based next to new school
RESIDENTS have had their say on plans to build 350 homes next to a proposed new secondary school in Cheltenham.
Miller Homes showed residents its plan to build the 350-home development on land off Shurdington Road – next door to where the new Cheltenham secondary school is planned off Kidnappers Lane, in Leckhampton.
Members of the public told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that they were concerned about the extra traffic the new estate could bring to the major route in and out of Cheltenham, on top of the vehicles accessing the new school.
Miller Homes said it will assess people’s opinions and record their feedback before making the final submission to Cheltenham Borough Council, due later this year.
The developer held the public exhibition at The Brizen Young People’s Centre last week.
The proposed new £30 million secondary school in Cheltenham is currently in its planning application stage at Gloucestershire County Council.
One woman, who did not want to be named, said: “This part of the area is a bottleneck. You’re driving into lanes, they’re called lanes for a reason. Leckhampton Primary is increasing in size so that will be a nightmare in the morning. I just do not know where the cars will go.
“They’re trying to shoehorn a new secondary school and 350 homes into green fields by lanes.”
Another woman said: “They say the kids will walk to school. Who are they kidding? Especially not in the winter. There are not footpaths down Kidnappers Lane. Schoolchildren will have to walk down Shurdington Road where the pavements aren’t wide at all.”
Mark Jackson, from Miller Homes, said: “We are here today to assess people’s opinions about the issues of the site, and engage public opinion about the proposal.”
The new secondary school will be built on two fields between Farm Lane and Kidnappers Lane, and the county council said it will open in time for September 2021.
It will be run by the Balcarras Academy Trust and will teach pupils aged 11 to 16.
The school will eventually hold 900 pupils. However, entry will be phased so 120 pupils will join in Year 7 in September 2021, with a new Year 7 group joining at the beginning of each academic year.
The site is set back off the A46 Shurdington Road, behind what is known locally as “The Pig Field” and former nurseries.
This part of the area is a bottleneck. You’re driving into lanes, they’re called lanes for a reason
Proposed site for the new secondary school off Kidnappers Lane in Leckhampton