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Rethink over Churchdown homes in development shake-up

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

By Nick Webster

  • This latest rethink will see a revision of the number of homes built in North Churchdown and South Churchdown, largely as a result of the impact of noise from nearby Gloucestershire Airport at Staverton.

  • TBC Councillor Bill Whelan

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Changes to the blueprint for new homes in Gloucestershire will see 84 less homes built in the Churchdown area.

Some sections of the Joint Core Strategy for future county development have been scrapped after huge public outcry over the potential decimation of green belt land.

This latest rethink will see a revision of the number of homes built in North Churchdown and South Churchdown, largely as a result of the impact of noise from nearby Gloucestershire Airport at Staverton.

In the original plan, North Churchdown was in line for 845 new homes. That has now been revised down to 532.

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The majority of those homes will now be built in South Churchdown. The number of new builds there has increased from 639 to 868.

The amendment equates to a net loss of 84 new homes for Churchdown.

Tracey Crews, from the JCS team, said: “The number of homes at the North Churchdown development site has been reduced as a result of evidence indicating noise and safety concerns, and following discussions with the airport and the Civil Aviation Authority.

“The number of homes in South Churchdown has been increased following a more detailed review of the site.

“In response to consultation feedback It is important to note the changes to the two development sites are not related and the changes are based on each site’s individual technical evidence.”

Proposals to build more than 3,000 homes on green belt land at Twigworth and Innsworth have also been amended to remove the Twigworth half of the site, along with almost 800 homes at Up Hatherley in Cheltenham.

Tewkesbury Borough Councillor, Bill Whelan (LD, Innsworth with Down Hatherley) , said: “To put houses at Cheltenham Road South by the fire station at Elmbridge Court is ludicrous, particularly as this is the thinnest part of the green belt.

“Churchdown needs to be protected from Gloucester’s urban sprawl.”

A steering group is being established in the community to help guide future development of Churchdown and Innsworth’s neighbourhood plan.

Homes have been sent a newsletter, asking for residents to get involved so the community can have its say.

Ruth Warne, clerk at Churchdown Parish Council, said: “The neighbourhood plan will be a legally binding document and will have to be used when decisions are made about what development is approved in the future for Innsworth and Churchdown.

“We’ll be holding drop-in sessions and visiting local hot spots in the near future.”

To find out more, call the council office on 01452 713528 or email clerk@churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

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