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News on first plans for Cheltenham cyber park

Initial plans for a new £20-million-plus cyber park in Gloucestershire could be on the table sooner than expected.

It is no secret Cheltenham is earmarked for the 44-acre development, which is being driven by the town's borough council, local enterprise partnership, GFirst LEP.

What has not been clear yet is when anything other than artist's impressions of the site, to the West of that other centre of cyber - GCHQ - will go before planners.

In an exclusive interview with Dan Harris, vice president of the town's chamber of commerce, Tim Atkins, the managing director of place and growth at the local authority, suggested things could move faster than some might have expected.

"First phase, or first cluster of buildings, has to fit in with the master plan. What we will try to do is bring these two together at the same time. We hope to be moving that forward over the next six months," said Mr Atkins.

Elsewhere the development has been championed as potentially producing as many as 7,000 jobs in the county.

"The park backs onto one of our more deprived areas in Cheltenham which could really help investment. Having this on the doorstep could have a transformational impact," added Mr Atkins.

"From a business perspective cyber is one of the fastest growing industries in this country. It has great value to Cheltenham, it could have a big impact on Gloucestershire. From a jobs point of view this is hugely important."

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