Hill Farm visitor car park, off Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill: GL53 8JN


As part of the council’s commitment to secure net zero carbon by 2030, Cheltenham Borough Council invites offers from electric vehicle (EV) charging operators for the rights to install and operate dedicated EV charging points for the provision of a 24 hour charging hub by way of a traditional ground lease at an annual rent.


Leckhampton Hill covers over 100 acres of land within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, much of which is incorporated within a SSSI. It includes numerous geological and archaeological features of interest including “Dead Man’s Quarry”, the “Devil’s Chimney, round barrows, “Leckhampton Camp” (a hill fort), tram roads, railways and other associated industrial remains, including limekilns.

It is also popular with dog walkers and in all, is estimated to attract anywhere between 100,000 to 250,000 visitors a year.

The opportunity

Location map for Hill Farm car park

Hill Farm car park location map

One of a number of car parks on the hill, Hill Farm car park extends to around 0.07 hectare (0.17 acre). It is free to use and has no timing restrictions. Operators are therefore invited to identify the land area and number of charging points required within the car park. The operator will be responsible for installing, funding, maintaining and managing the “hub” under a traditional 20 to 25 year ground lease at an annual rent.

The council will consider rental offers based on either a fixed annual amount, with five year reviews, or on a turnover basis, subject to a minimum amount. The lease will contain “lift and shift” provisions in the event of any future development, at the council’s expense as landowner.

Operator requirements

The council expects that the operator will ensure all suitable publicity and promotion of the “hub” and will have 24/7 customer support for all queries and assistance. The “hub” should be clearly signed in order that all users know who to contact in the event of requiring help.

For further information, please contact Peter Woodley in the council’s property and asset management team on 01242 264112 or 07503 044088 or email peter.woodley@cheltenham.gov.uk.

Please note: These particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intending tenants and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, an offer or contract. All descriptions, dimensions, references to condition and necessary permission for use and occupation and other details are given without responsibility and any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them. The council is not obliged to accept the highest or indeed any offer for the property and reserves the right to withdraw the site from the market at any time. All proposals are made at the prospective purchaser’s own cost. Any consent given by the Cheltenham Borough Council in respect of these details and the marketing of the property is given as land owner only and does not imply any additional consents required for statutory purposes, such as planning or licencing.