Skip navigation

Gloucestershire Business News

BREAKING NEWS: Garden Town plans put on hold

Plans for Tewkesbury Garden Town have been paused by the new borough council.

The news was announced yesterday (May 17) by the new council leader, at the first AGM of Tewkesbury Borough Council since the local elections last week.

Cllr Richard Stanley (Lib Dem), who represents Cleeve West ward, said: "I want to start this council how we wish to go on: by telling the residents of our borough that we are already listening. This is why we are pausing the Tewkesbury Garden Town programme pending the outcome of a full external review. I am clear that if the Garden Town project is to succeed, it must be done in partnership with the surrounding communities and local parish councils.

"Balancing the need for housing, managing growth fairly and protecting existing communities is a key challenge of our council. We have to deliver for residents and communities, and it is crucial we develop our strategic plans to protect our housing land supply."

Garden Town status was approved by Government in 2018, specifically aimed at helping the council deliver in excess of 10,000 houses for Tewkesbury and Ashchurch before 2041.

Garden Town status meant the council would be better equipped to meet future housing need and provide space for new businesses, while maintaining the feel of the town.

Cllr Stanley continued: "The people of Tewkesbury Borough have put their trust in all of us to represent them; our wards are all unique and we all bring a different insight and knowledge of our communities that deserve to be heard and respected.

"I very much look forward to working with all of you. Leading the largest party in a no-overall-control council will certainly not be without its challenges but we are up for that challenge and determined to bring positive change for our borough."

Thirty-eight newly-elected borough councillors - 16 new and 22 returning - attended the first annual general meeting of the council last night (May 17).

Cllr Sarah Hands (Lib Dem), who represents the Innsworth ward, was elected as deputy leader of the council.

Related Articles

HMRC issues £3.2 million in money laundering penalties Image

HMRC issues £3.2 million in money laundering penalties

A Gloucester firm is among hundreds of businesses fined a total of £3.2 million for breaching anti-money laundering rules.

Versarien revenues fall while losses rise Image

Versarien revenues fall while losses rise

Gloucestershire-based advanced engineering materials group Versarien is looking to bounce back after a "challenging" period.

Plan to support 100,000 jobs launched at national net zero conference  Image

Plan to support 100,000 jobs launched at national net zero conference

A new plan for how South Wales and Western England could make the UK a global leader in net zero energy has been unveiled at a national conference.

Partners line up for 'Inspiring the Forest' event Image

Partners line up for 'Inspiring the Forest' event

A ground-breaking initiative to raise young people’s aspirations in the Forest of Dean is being launched by the Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) later this month.

Copyright 2023 Moose Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any content is strictly forbidden without prior permission.