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Developer submits plans to build 250 homes in Cheltenham

Details of a housing estate planned for the outskirts of Cheltenham have been revealed by Gloucestershire-based developers Robert Hitchins.

The greenfield site off Harp Hill in Battledown, Cheltenham. Credit: Google

Robert Hitchins, who are heading up the construction of Tewkesbury's new designer outlet centre, has lodged an outline planning application alongside Pegasus Group Ltd and Cheltenham landscape architects MHP Design Ltd for 250 new homes on agricultural land east of Cheltenham town centre in Battledown.

The 15.15 hectare site earmarked for the new estate covers five open fields bound by hedgerows and mature trees. 

The former Oakley Farm on the north side of the site is due to be demolished as part of the project.

Existing residential developments border the land to the south, west and north with the grade-two listed Hewlett's Reservoir to the east.

Site map. Credit: Robert Hitchins

According to the application, the proposed development "will draw on the best practices of design providing for range of housing needs whilst being sympathetic to most desirable features of local character and drawing on locally identifiable vernacular building styles and materials".

It adds that it would see "a townscape with a distinct identity and strong sense of place whilst carefully integrating with its context and retaining and enhancing the most valuable natural features integrating it sensitively into its surroundings."

Illustrated site plan. Credit: Robert Hitchins

Although the specifics of the dwellings proposed for the site have not been revealed, the 250 homes are expected to be a variety of house types and sizes.

A planning statement adds that the development will contribute to Cheltenham Borough Council's five-year housing land supply as well as a provide a provision of affordable housing.

Plans also include principle vehicular access from a single point off Harp Hill, pedestrian links, associated parking, open space and landscaping as well as supporting infrastructure and utilities.

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