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County business park to double in size

Planners have given the go ahead for a near 50,000 sq foot expansion of a business park despite numerous objections.

The approved 46,876 sq foot development will form phase three of the existing Brockeridge Business Park, three miles north of Tewkesbury town centre, just minutes from the M5 & M50 motorways.

A vacant 2.49-hectare green field next to the business park, formally used as grazing land, will become the site of the expansion offering a mix of traditional office space, warehouse light and industrial units.

Gloucestershire commercial property developer, Tiarks Developments, submitted the outline planning application for the scheme back in April 2018.

Since its first phase was completed in 2008, the business park has attracted a broad range of occupiers from hi-tech aviation and defence companies to software, construction, civil engineering, consultancy and media businesses.

The original application stated that the latest phase of the business park is "ideally suited to a distribution or transport operation or a light manufacturing business".

Opportunities will also be available for existing tenants of the Business Park to expand and grow their businesses without needing to potentially relocate outside of the county, said the application.

It added: "The design and appearance of the buildings will continue the legacy of the existing building park by using high quality materials set within well managed landscaped areas".

Additional 180 car parking spaces will be added to the business park to cater for the additional traffic.

The new buildings will be constructed from eco-friendly materials. Solar and photovoltaic panels will also be fitted to south facing roof slopes.

The developer said: "This is an excellent opportunity for a distribution or transport business to take advantage of Brockeridge's excellent location and highly successful formula.

"Its attractive rural setting right on the national motorway network would suit any business needing strong transport links and keen to escape a lengthy commute to work or urban congestion."

There were 77 letters of objection to the scheme. Concerns were raised over the increased volume of HGV traffic, noise and light pollution (especially at night) as a result of the proposed development.

Objections also voiced opinions that the shape and form of the new units were somewhat larger than the existing buildings on the site, therefore out-keeping with the surroundings.

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