Traf­fic fears over plan for 350 homes

De­vel­op­ment would be based next to new school

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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

Con­cerned res­i­dent

Pro­posed site for the new sec­ondary school off Kid­nap­pers Lane in Leck­hamp­ton

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