Published on 24th October 2012

Auger Buchler plan for North Place and Portland Street

The transformation of North Place and Portland Street car parks has moved a step closer with a formal planning application.

Augur Buchler has now submitted its plans for a development which promises to breathe new life into the town centre location.

Supporting a brief set out by the council and in response to public comments, the scheme will offer affordable housing, a multi-storey car park, a public square and a bus station.  Additionally it will include a food store although the operator has yet to be identified. The development will be a welcomed addition to the other town centre upgrades currently underway including; the Brewery complex, Regent Arcade frontage, improved paving on the Promenade, and proposed changes to the central road network, including Boot’s Corner.

Jeremy Williamson, managing director for Cheltenham Development Taskforce said:  “This is a very positive step forward and forms part of a much bigger picture of development in Cheltenham.  Together with our partners, we are striving to maintain the town’s economic profile in this challenging economic period. The schemes coming forward have generally received positive public support and their delivery will hopefully bring positive benefits for the town.  If approved, the North Place plans will transform a long neglected area - that was secured by the council two decades ago - by creating jobs and much needed housing. Additionally they will also provide a platform for many other town centre improvements to begin.’’

The application will go to planning committee in the coming months. If approved, the developers will move on to the site in the first part of next year.  The application can be viewed on the planning pages of the council’s website. Planning application reference: 12/01612/FUL.

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