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Firms behind strategic masterplan for Cyber Central unveiled

The businesses which will help develop the strategic masterplan leading to the building of the major new cyber development near Cheltenham have been named.

Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council, the two local authorities driving the project forward, have appointed Avison Young to provide planning and development advice.

Avison Young, which says the aim is to achieve a "world class development" West of Cheltenham to be known as Cyber Central Garden Community, confirmed its own team would include Allies and Morrison Architects and Hydrock.

Jo Davis, principal at Avison Young's Bristol office, said: "The opportunity presented at Cyber Central has the ability to put people and places at the forefront of growing a resilient greater Cheltenham through an innovative and ambitious plan-led approach."

A statement from the firm said: "The masterplan vision is to create a vibrant pioneering community integrating hi-tech business, residential and leisure uses.

"It will require the highest standards of environmental sustainability integrating exemplar homes as part of a thriving campus and garden community.

"A partnership with Gloucestershire County Council, and GFirst LEP, Cyber Central will aim to provide barrier-free knowledge-sharing and collaboration between industry, academia, government and the local community.

"Gloucestershire is already home to the UK's most vibrant Cyber Security community: it is home to GCHQ as well as a growing network of cyber technology businesses.

"The Cyber Central site comprises 132-hectares and as part of the Garden Communities programme will build communities with local character, good employment opportunities and integrated and accessible transport."

Homes England will also be working with all the partners to deliver the project.

Public consultation on the draft masterplan and Supplementary Planning Document is underway until February 17.

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