New pictures of Cotswold Designer Outlet near M5 show huge changes

The Cotswold Designer Outlet under construction just off Junction 9 of the M5 at Tewkesbury
-Credit: (Image: Will Luker)

Drivers passing along the A46 towards the M5 near Tewkesbury will have definitely noticed by now how much construction work is taking place close to the town. It's all for the Cotswolds Designer Outlet which should be open in less than a year.

Based near the Ashchurch for Tewkesbury train station and Ashchurch Business Centre, new pictures taken by Gloucestershire Live show that the site continues to be built at pace. Building trucks are still busy constructing the steel frames of what will be a new venue for shoppers and visitors.

Labelled as Gloucestershire ’s very own Bicester Village with more than 90 shops planned, the Cotswold Designer Outlet is estimated to attract around 10 million visitors living within 90 minutes of the area. Spring 2025 is the scheduled opening.

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The site is easily reached by roads, including the M5, and Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Railway Station is within a five-minute walk from site, as well as a new shuttle bus service which will connect with the town centre.

Cotswolds Designer Outlet is part of Robert Hitchins’ long-term vision for this 300-acre site and follows the opening last year of the flagship Dobbies Garden centre , with a Waitrose Foodhall and café. Robert Hitchins has also completed a £20million investment into crucial infrastructure and connectivity works in the location, which has helped to pave the way for the new homes currently being delivered in the area.

Construction work on the new Designer Outlet
Construction work on the new Designer Outlet -Credit:Will Luker

As well as the new garden centre and retail park, the new pictures also show the ongoing construction of around 114 new homes by Persimmon Homes.

The decision to build the housing was approved by Tewkesbury Borough Council in 2023, which will form a 850-home development on the outskirts of town. Persimmon have said that the Fiddington Fields development will be "for first-time buyers and those living in the area, aimed at those struggling to get on the housing ladder."

The new housing includes 23 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units, 44 three-bedroom units and 15 four-bedroom units - which Persimmon says will have "a network of open spaces and green corridors" connecting them. A new primary school is planned and more than a quarter of the homes built will be transferred to a local housing association.