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£350k secured for Cheltenham West masterplan

People living in the west of Cheltenham are to be given a unique opportunity to shape plans for the future of their neighbourhood following money we have received from the government to create an exciting masterplan to identify potential future improvements.

We have been awarded a £350,000 government grant to look at ways to enhance neighbourhoods based in the west of Cheltenham including Hester’s Way, Springbank, St Peter’s and St. Marks.

Our Chief Executive, Paul Stephenson, said, “We’re really excited to be launching this project to research and map out how the Cheltenham West area might look in the future. This will be an open conversation and we will be reaching deep into the community to hear from a wide range of voices. With local people’s help we want to explore creating a community that works for everyone and find out what their vision and aspirations are for their neighbourhood.”

A joint project with Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC), the money, from part of the Government’s £32 million Estate Regeneration Fund, will be used to carry out detailed consultation with the local community. The work will focus on looking at ways of improving the quality and variety of housing, improving public spaces and encouraging investment to the whole area.

Councillor Peter Jeffries, CBC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “With extensive investment and development taking place across Cheltenham, the time is right to explore the potential of the West Cheltenham area. This consultation is not just about housing, this is about creating opportunities and attracting investment to secure the long term future of this area and build a vibrant, thriving, sustainable community. I would encourage anyone with an interest to get involved and help shape their neighbourhood for future generations.”

Following a selection process we have commissioned WSP UK Limited and Nash Partnerships (independent consultants specialising in community engagement in planning and regeneration) to devise and deliver a six month long consultation. Along with local residents, local councillors, community groups and business owners will also be invited to contribute ideas. These ideas will shape the masterplan which will be completed by July 2018.

The consultation will be supported by permanent information stands at Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre and other community venues. A series of consultation events which will take place in the community are planned and residents will also be able to feedback from their own home via post and online.

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