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First look at the proposed masterplan for Cheltenham's Cyber Central development

A first glimpse at the plans for the "world class" cyber central development have been released by Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury District Councils.

Following the successful £40million land purchase last year, the start of 2020 marks the start of the detailed planning process to turn the vision for the garden community into reality.

The first views of the development which will see around 3,000 new homes built alongside what is being called a 'pioneering cyber central cluster.'

That will see "the creation of over 50 hectares of land, bringing together leading cyber businesses and innovators, alongside academic facilities dedicated to cyber and digital technologies."

Released on Monday, the Supplementary Planning Document sets out the broad masterplan for the development.

The SPD will inform all future planning applications for the site and is open to public consultation until February 17 with both councils keen to gauge public opinion.

The plans also throw some light on future planned developments on land directly to the west of the current allocated development land.

That land is currently occupied by the Hayden Sewage Treatment Works, which would have to be relocated ahead of development.

The SPD says that the "redevelopment of the HSTW site does present exiting opportunities to continue a further phase of growth within the Cyber Central Garden Community.

It adds: "To do so, the existing operational treatment works would need to be suitably relocated.

"This would be an expensive and complex operation, but if a suitable and viable alternative location can be agreed and the replacement facility is made operational in advance, the release of this site for redevelopment would potential deliver significant benefits."

A series of drop-in consultation events have been organised for the community to meet the SPD team and view the masterplan documents.

The first events take place next Thursday, January 2 at Springbank Community Centre (12.30pm-3.30pm) and at Hester's Way Community Centre (4.30pm-7.30pm).

The Regent Arcade will hold a consultation event on Saturday, February 1 (10.30am-1.30pm) as will Cheltenham West Community Fire Station on Tewkesbury Road (2.30pm-5.30pm).

The full draft SPD can be viewed online at cybercentral.commonplace.is.

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