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Business park set for major expansion

Significant growth plans for a Gloucestershire business park have been proposed along with a major housing scheme

But judging by the amount of comments already sitting alongside the outline application before Tewkesbury Borough Council developers could be in for a rocky ride.

Residents and the parish council in Bishop's Cleeve are mainly up in arms about the 215 homes which form the eye-catching part of the proposal from developer Gladman and the detrimental impact they feel they could have.

Which could put in jeopardy the other half of the plan which has the potential to create jobs and allow for business expansion in the fast-growing village.

The development is asking for 2.24hectares of land for B1 and B8 use as led by commercial interest."

Which otherwise translates as buildings for new offices and storage and distribution.

According to Gladman's proposal: "This area is served by a dedicated access from Stoke Road and set within areas of landscaping. The location of employment land to the south of the site acts as an extension to Malvern View Business Park."

To be even more specific, that would include 300sq metres for a retail food store and customer parking and delivery areas.

The stumbling block appears to be not the chance of expanding the Malvern View Business Park off Stoke Road but the 215 houses on the other side of a new access road.

Bishop's Cleeve Parish Council has led the protests, pointing to a "significant" number of new homes in the area already since 2011.

"BCPC consider that this level of development, over a relatively short period of time, is simply unsustainable and has an adverse impact on community cohesion and social wellbeing.

"Further large-scale development as proposed will only act to further exacerbate this situation."

Its statement appears not to take issue with the business park expansion, adding: "Whilst the proposal does provide a proportion of commercial development, Bishop's Cleeve plainly does not require the larger proportion of new housing proposed and this is considered to be a diversionary approach, by the Developer, to secure a large-scale residential development of 215 new homes under the guise of a mixed-use development."

"The masterplan itself appears well laid out with a logical street hierarchy. However the development fails to connect with the existing settlement and represents an encroachment into open countryside, extending the built up area of Bishops Cleeve even further west," said one report among the 89 documents accompanying the proposal.

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