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BREAKING NEWS: Visuals of Cheltenham redevelopment site released

Developers have released images of proposals to redevelop North Place car park in Cheltenham town centre.

Wavensmere Homes and BBS Capital have launched a public consultation process and are looking forward to hearing local opinions on the plans.

Designed by architects Glancy Nicholls, Arkle Court proposes 75 three-bedroom three-storey townhouses, and a four-storey building containing 78 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The design will complement and reflect the town's regency properties.

The three-acre redeveloped site is set to include areas of landscaped open space, with the opportunity for a public art installation and space for murals to be created as part of the Cheltenham Paint Festival. Vehicle, pedestrian and cycle access would be from North Place.

Ben Clarke, technical director of Wavensmere Homes, said: "In 2013, Cheltenham Borough Council awarded planning for a large supermarket and 143 new homes for this site, but this didn't materialise. Since then, the development of The Brewery Quarter has created more focus and activity in this part of town and highlighted the underutilised land as an unattractive blot on the local townscape.

"Our plans for Arkle Court include both apartments and townhouses, as we want to offer young professionals, families and older people appropriate and attainable new homes that enable them to significantly lower their carbon footprint.

"The scheme design overcomes the various site complexities, will greatly enhance the street scene along North Place and St Margaret's Road, and is entirely reflective of the principles of Cheltenham's Central Conservation Area. We hope that Cheltenham residents will engage with the consultation process and support this brownfield regeneration proposal."

The scheme proposals allow for a gas-free offering, with target A-rated energy performance throughout. Local, sustainable, low carbon materials will be specified, along with an array of energy saving technology, including air sourced heat pumps, solar PV and centralised mechanical ventilation.

The environmental impact of the project has been carefully considered to deliver sustainable drainage and biodiversity net gains in excess of the upcoming regulation changes. Each house will have dedicated parking, with 7kW EV car chargers to ensure the scheme is future proofed.

Nick Spencer, co-founder at BBS Capital, said: "This site is positioned within a highly desirable area of Cheltenham, where the rich historical context has shaped the design ethos. Located very close to the range of quality restaurants and shops at The Brewery Quarter, the homes being proposed here are designed to address local housing needs within an area in strong popular demand. We are pleased to have reached this key milestone in the Arkle Court design process."

The redevelopment of North Place car park will connect Pittville Park through North Place to The Brewery Quarter and Lower High Street Poundland site, which will see a mixed-use redevelopment, through to the MX - opening in 2024 - and Minster Gardens.

Wavensmere Homes is currently constructing three major urban regeneration schemes, in Birmingham, Derby and Ipswich. It has five further developments, including the £150m Wolverhampton Canalside South project in the immediate pipeline.

The Birmingham-based housebuilder has around 3,500 new homes either under construction or in planning.

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