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ECHO COMMENT: The battle for Leckhampton's green fields is starting all over again

By GlosEchoEd  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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NO surprise there then.

That can be the only reaction to our story today on new plans for homes in Leckhampton.

No surprise that the developers still want to build as many as 1,100 homes on the controversial site. And no surprise that the opposition LEGLAG group is as bitterly against this scheme as it was the first one.

When public exhibitions are held later this month, it is not pre-judging things to say that the vast majority of locals who attend will have issues with the proposals.

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The promised new school, GP surgery and commitment to keeping significant open space won’t be enough to sway them.

There will be others who don’t live in the immediate vicinity who will have a different view. They see the need for new homes in the Cheltenham area as the over-riding issue. And they need to go somewhere.

The problem LEGLAG have is the Government’s continuing confusing messages on just what its new homes policy is. It certainly seems to be leaning more in favour of developers at present.

Then it comes down to the planners’ reaction to the scheme when it is submitted.

Will the two councils involved - Cheltenham and Tewkesbury - be sufficiently advanced in meeting its housing targets to be able to judge it on its merits? That is the biggest question of all.

Humbling

THE feelings of Grace Hadman’s family towards the girl who caused her death are humbling.

None of us could know how we would react if a much-loved 17-year-old was killed in a crash caused by one of her closest friends.

But when that close friend was drunk when she got behind the wheel, anger rather than forgiveness might be expected to be the on-going emotion.

But Grace’s brother Jasper says that they have forgiven Gabriella Edmonson for what she did.

“Gabriella certainly did not want it to happen,” said Jasper. “I hope that she is doing well and can get on with her life.”

They know that Gabriella is as wracked by guilt about what she did as they are with grief for Grace’s loss.

Being able to come to terms with that shows a level of compassion that would have made Grace proud.

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