Scheme that will pave way for new Gloucestershire town to be revealed in consultation events
By James Young | 9th March 2020
A landmark development that could pave the way for a new Gloucestershire town will be introduced to the public at a series of events next week.
Officers from Tewkesbury Borough Council will join engineers and highways experts at two open events to talk about the new bridge project in Aschurch.
Late last year, £8.1million of central government money was awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for the scheme.
It will see a bridge built over the mainline railway at Aschurch to unlock huge parcels of land to the east of the M5 motorway for development as a Garden Town.
Work has been carried out by Tewkesbury Borough Council, alongside the County Council and engineering consultants Atkins in to the location and design of the bridge.
Two events will take place where details of the project will be on display and experts will be available to answer questions.
On Monday, March 16 from 12pm to 7pm, the team will be at Northway Community Hub, while on Wednesday, March 18 (12-7pm) they will be at Aschurch Village Hall.
Tewkesbury Borough Council's lead member for planning, Councillor Mel Gore, said: "The Tewkesbury Garden Town project gives us a golden opportunity to create a special place for people to live - a proper community with homes fit for the future.
"This bridge is one of the first steps in the infrastructure needed to support the Garden Town and it's exciting to get the ball rolling.
"We want to hear from anyone and everyone who is interested in the area - particularly the younger generation who will be our future residents - as well as members of the local community, business owners and workers.
"We are absolutely committed to working with our all of our local communities, so please do come along to the drop in sessions and keep an eye on the Garden Town website for the latest news and updates."
An extended environmental screening has taken place to determine whether a full or partial environmental impact assessment is required for the project - this will be submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council's planners in the coming days.
For anyone unable to attend the events or for those who want to keep up with the latest news on the project, please visit tewkesburygardentown.co.uk
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