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Views sought for regeneration of Cheltenham industrial estate

Residents and businesses near Lansdown Industrial Estate in Cheltenham are being asked for their views on regenerating the northern part of the site, to create much-needed housing for the area.

The southern part of Lansdown Industrial Estate, which sits opposite Cheltenham Spa railway station, has become increasingly vibrant with a range of business including a brewery and tap room, coffee roastery and electric car workshop and showroom.

But many of the buildings in the northern part of the site are derelict, at the end of their economic life or currently unoccupied.

And now plans have been revealed for how the northern section could be either refurbished or redeveloped, with Birmingham-based Adapt Real Estate exploring the potential for a new housing scheme.

Their plan is to transform the 6.9 acre site into a development of around 218 homes, with a mix of market and affordable homes and apartments.

Separately, there is currently an unattractive industrial building near the entrance to the Lansdown Estate that backs onto nearby Roman Road. The firm is also proposing to re-develop this site for residential and commercial uses to regenerate this end of the street.

Adapt Real Estate is now holding a five-week consultation to seek the views of local residents and businesses, before it finalises an outline planning application, which it expects to submit in September 2021.

James Taylor, founding director of Adapt Real Estate said: "The southern part of Lansdown Industrial Estate is thriving with a vibrant mix of new and existing businesses, and we're committed to supporting this and seeing it continue to flourish.

"Having looked at a number of options, our vision is to bring the older northern part of the estate back to life with much-needed homes for Cheltenham, creating a place that everyone locally can enjoy and be proud of.

As part of the consultation, a virtual event is being held for local residents on Tuesday 29 July between 6pm and 7pm.

Members of the Adapt project team will be on hand during this event to answer questions people may have about the project. The event will also be recorded and made available to watch following the event.

"We're committed to being a good neighbour and listening to the views of those locally to inform our final proposals. So we'd encourage people to take part and give us their views by 23 August," added Mr Taylor.

Adapt added that its team is actively speaking with all commercial tenants on the site to explain the plans and answer any queries they have. Most tenants in the northern area are said to be on short-term flexible leases.

If approved, work would not be expected to start on site before early 2023.

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