About the task force

Cheltenham Development Task Force logo. Dark pink lettering and grey tagline which reads "making things happen"

The Cheltenham Development Task Force was established in 2010 by Cheltenham Borough Council - with support from Gloucestershire County Council and the Homes and Community Agency - to breath life into a range of abandoned or under-used sites in the centre of Cheltenham. The task force consider specific issues or sites and recommend action to Cheltenham Borough and Gloucestershire County Councils. Initially the Task Force focussed on the town centre but now operates across the whole of Cheltenham Borough.

One of the main roles of the task force is to act as as link between developers/investors and the range of statutory bodies. The work they do is helping Cheltenham to move away from being seen as "developer un-friendly". This can been seen in the scale of current activity and the continued developer interest in Cheltenham.

Local Government Association peer review:

Our team were very impressed with the ‘Cheltenham Development Task Force’ a very small (one inspiring employee) arm’s length body, with key skill inputs helping plan and deliver significant projects for the town, for example a strategy for Cheltenham’s high street upgrade.