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More details and images of £1billion Golden Valley development

More details of the £1billion Golden Valley development have emerged including a masterplan for the new 491-home estate.

It shows how the neighbourhood next to Old Gloucester Road would be set out and where a new primary school may be located.

Two outline planning applications for the huge 47ha Golden Valley project were submitted to Cheltenham Borough Council last week.

It is hoped that once complete, it will be one of Europe's largest purpose-built tech campus' and will play a crucial role in achieving the UK's ambition to be a Science and Tech Superpower by 2030.

The first application 23/01874/OUT is for the new residential neighbourhood on the 19.3ha northern parcel of land.

Its aim is to provide a community of homes to support the new employees coming to the area.

The applicant said it wants the new homes to create a "positive interface" with the existing homes and be "responsive to features of the landscape" to create a "sensitive transition between the existing settlement and the wider Golden Valley development".

It promises every home will either overlook or be within a minute's walk of local green space with opportunities for play and relaxation.

The application 23/01875/OUT for the southern parcel details the proposed employment zone that would help foster start-up businesses, innovation, collaboration and growing partnerships.

It would also include 576 homes, 202 of which would be affordable, made up of 179 one-bed flats, 109 two-bed flats, 108 two-bed houses, 128 three-bed houses and 42 four-bed houses.

Applicant HBD X Factory Limited (HBDXF) will develop the landmark project, alongside key partners and Cheltenham Borough Council which owns both parcels of land.

On Wednesday Cheltenham Borough Council was granted permission to demolish buildings on land at Holmlea Farm  which forms part of the application area, due to ongoing problems with vandalism and fears over an arson attack.

In total the two plots will deliver more than 1,000 new homes and around one million sqft of commercial space, including the National Cyber Innovation Centre which has been designed as a distinctive curved building in the centre of the southern site.

A separate planning application is expected to be submitted for the centre in the new year, following last month's £95m funding agreement for the delivery of the flagship building.

The applications take the wider West Cheltenham strategic allocation into account.

It encompasses land owned by the borough council and MLPL, a subsidiary of Severn Trent Water as well as several other landowners who have smaller parcels of land.

The planning statement submitted as part of applications said: "To ensure a holistic approach to West Cheltenham's development, the local planning authority has expressed an expectation for collaboration between the landowners.

"The applicant has therefore been working with the other main landowners to prepare a Comprehensive Masterplan for the entire allocation.

Whilst agreement on all matters has not been possible, the Comprehensive Masterplan remains an evolving suite of documents, designed to adapt to changing circumstances, but which sets a broad framework and level of consistency for different planning applications to be prepared against."

The documents include an Illustrative Masterplan, Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Sustainability Statement and Design Code and have been included in HBDXF's applications for information purposes only.

Website has now been fully launched with an interactive map of the Golden Valley development and a timelines which shows construction of Phase 1 is planned for Winter 2024 with doors opening in Summer 2026.

It also has a video detailing how the plans have been adapted following a series of public consultations, including the addition of bus gates along Fiddlers Green Lane.

A series of 'Meet the Team' events are planned for Thursday, November 16 giving people the chance to ask questions, share thoughts, and get to know the people behind Golden Valley.

They will be held:

9.30-11am at Hesters Way Community Resource Centre

12-1.30pm at Springbank Community Centre

2.30-4pm at the Cheltenham Pod


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