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Detailed plans submitted for nearly 500 new homes on outskirts of Gloucester

The developer who are hoping to build 465 new homes on the outskirts of Gloucester have submitted detailed plan to Tewkesbury Borough Council.

Bellway Homes announced that they had purchased the land at Pirton Fields near Churchdown last month, calling it "the biggest land acquisition" in the company's history.

Outline planning permission has already been secured for the site in December 2018 with the new plans detailing the precise road layout and design specifications of the development.

The plans feature a range of two, three and four-bedroom houses. Of the 465 new homes, 102 will be designated 'affordable homes' for local people and key workers.

If planning permission is granted, Bellway Homes will make what they call "significant financial contributions to the local community" under a Section 106 order.

That will designate money towards infrastructure projects necessary for servicing nearly 500 new homes.

The developer say that would lead to more than £4million being invested in local education and in excess of £765,000 being earmarked for local road improvements.

Daniel Shone, Sales Manager for Bellway Wales, said: "We are really pleased to have submitted detailed plans for the homes at Pirton Fields which will help to meet the growing demand for housing in Gloucester.

"We have worked particularly hard with the local authority to create a development which we believe will be a fantastic asset to the community.

"Our plans include homes for buyers at all stages of the property ladder, from first-time buyers and downsizers to growing families, and we hope that our application is approved so we can begin construction on site."

The Churchdown site was earmarked for development by the Joint Core Strategy - the collaborative agreement between Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough Councils.

The JCS included what is called the South Churchdown Urban Extension which includes the land at Pirton Fields to the west of Cheltenham Road East and also land to the east and south of the A40.

A further 85 homes have been earmarked for the parcel of land between the B4063 and A40 Golden Valley bypass.

A further parcel of land to the south east of the Golden Valley has also been allocated for development at a later date.

That would see 320 homes built and a new park and ride site for Gloucester constructed, along with an extension to the existing Elmbridge Court Business Park.

Churchdown Parish Council have issued a response to the application, detailing 11 different concerns they have over the plans.

These include the lack of footbridges, that they believe were specified in the original plans stating "at least one footbridge is essential" for allowing access and for ease of children getting to school.

They also ask if a "green corridor will be maintained between the development and the A40?."

That question appears to depend on whether future development of the land to the east of the B4063 as detailed in the JCS is carried out.

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