The purpose of this leaflet is to keep you aware of ‘behind-the-scenes’ activity concerning the land on the west side of the railway lines in Swindon Lane.
Cheltenham Borough Council has received a request from planning consultants acting on behalf of Galliard (Cheltenham) Ltd and Pye Homes Ltd., to adopt an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Opinion, which they are allowed to do under The Town & Country Planning Regulations (2011). However, and bearing in mind the final approval of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) is still to be made; the reason for the ‘Screening Opinion’ request is in relation to a possible planning application, which could be submitted for 450
residential units. These units, according to the information supplied by the planning consultant, “would be of different types and built at a rate of 50 to 70 dwellings per annum”.
I am aware that Prestbury Parish Council has informed Cheltenham Borough Council planning department that the request by the planning consultant should be rejected on the grounds that “the site has been considered by both the JCS and the Local Plan teams and decided the site was neither suitable or necessary for development”.
It is essential, in my view, that any attempt to develop any of the Green Belt land on the north side of Swindon Lane should be resisted at the earliest possible stage. No planning application has been submitted so far, but it is clear from the request for a ‘screening opinion’ that the developers are ready to pounce should the opportunity arise.
I WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED.