Cheltenham development given go ahead
By Matt Hall | 8th January 2019
A local firm of chartered surveyors and planning consultants have gained majority support for regeneration of a prominent site in Cheltenham.
The application was submitted by Evans Jones on behalf of the landowners.
In December 2018, Cheltenham Borough Council's planning committee gave the go ahead for the redevelopment of the former Robert Young Market/Pop-Up shop in Cheltenham's Bath Road area.
The Gloucestershire Design Review Panel, The Cheltenham Architects' Panel, and all other technical consultees supported the proposals.
With a majority vote in favour by the planning committee, the Council has given the go ahead for the project. The planned mixed-use development comprises of a retail unit for flexible use as a restaurant or café at ground floor level, along with 8 apartments on the upper floors.
The quarter-acre site is located at the intersection of Bath Road and Langdon Road and is within the Bath Road central conservation area.
This successful application follows a previous refusal of consent in May 2018 for a different scheme promoted by other consultants. The previous scheme was likened by committee members to a "1960s cinema" and a "carbuncle which will stick out like a sore thumb".
David Jones, head of planning at Evans Jones said: "I am delighted with this decision. Whilst many applicants would have simply appealed the May refusal, I considered that this prominent site deserved a higher quality design; hence the recommendation was made to the landowner to start afresh with the appointment of a new design team."
"The end result is a high-quality building which I look forward to seeing started."
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