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Cyber park would lead to massive investment in road network

Major road improvements are planned in Cheltenham to help service the proposed new £650 million cyber park.

Some £22 million is set to be spent on the roads infrastructure, including increasing the lanes on Arle Court and Benhall roundabout as well as a creating a direct link between the west of Cheltenham and the M5 Junction 10.

Arle Court park and ride would be expanded. Both the county council and GFirst LEP who are driving the scheme will meet to discuss it next month.

The proposed cyber park west of Cheltenham has been described as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity for the county.

It includes 1,200 new homes and a Cyber Business Park next to the existing GCHQ intelligence centre creating up to 7,000 new jobs.

The plans for the 327-acre site have been drawn up by the West Cheltenham consortium which includes Northern Trust Company Limited, Barberry Cheltenham Limited and Midlands Land Portfolio Limited.

The scheme is sited on arable and pastoral fields adjoining the western edge Springbank and Fiddlers Green. Although not covered by any statutory ecological or landscape designations, the site is currently located within the Green Belt.

According to consultation documents the scheme could include 114 acres for use as a Cyber Business Park, 91 acres for new homes and 121 acres for formal and informal open spaces.

It is estimated it would generate an annual economic output of £400 million and a £30 million uplift in retail and leisure expenditure.

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