Council seeks views on proposed allotments
Published on 30th July 2013
Come to a session at Priors Pavilion, from 3-7pm on Thursday 8 August.
A piece of land at Prior’s Farm could offer new allotments if Oakley residents agree. There has been increasing demand for allotments in Cheltenham for many years and the council has been looking for possible locations for new sites throughout this time.
The council wants to gauge public opinion from local people before deciding whether to explore this option further, and the number of plots developed would depend on the extent of demand.
Rights of way would be protected so that dog walkers and recreational walkers could continue to use the area as they do now.
Adam Reynolds, green space development manager, says: “We are sending a leaflet out to residents in Oakley about the possible plans. We’d really appreciate local people giving us their views on this idea – and advising us of any issues that we need to consider.”
Cllr Roger Whyborn, cabinet member for sustainability, says: "This land is not currently being used and could give a good solution to the high demand and waiting lists that we have for allotments. I’d like to encourage local people to come along to the event and give us their thoughts."
Council staff will be on hand to discuss the proposal at Priors Pavilion from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday 8 August. Feedback can also be given by email, in writing to: Green Space Development Team, Central Depot, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL51 9JZ or by visiting the council’s website. The consultation finishes on 31 August 2013.
The next steps would be to draw up plans and apply for planning permission. Local residents would be able to support or object to the plans in the usual way.
If plans go ahead, an existing driveway would be opened up and the allotment area would be fenced where required. Existing hedges could also act as boundaries.
Further development of plots would depend on future demand.