Work starts on controversial 350-home estate off busy stretch of A46

The green meadow that will be turned into a 350-home estate off Shurdington Road in Leckhampton
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A big blue sign has gone up on one of the busiest roads around Cheltenham heralding the start of what will turn into a 350-home development. Miller Homes has finally secured permission to build the Greenway Chase development at the junction of Shurdington Road and Kidnappers Lane on a 44.6 acre site.

The site, which has been used by pigs, is on the Leckhampton side of the A46 and has been subject to a long-running battle with the application refused by Cheltenham Borough Council but granted on appeal to the Secretary of State. Now that it has the green light, already some vegetation clearance has begun on the site.

The development - which is expected to have its first show home open in late 2024 - will be a mix of two to five bedroom homes. All will have gardens and flexible spaces for home workings - some will have garages.

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The homes will all have air source heat pumps and some of the homes will have solar panels. They are advertised as being on the "doorstep of the Cotswolds" and within easy reach of the town centre.

When the development was granted permission on appeal, the Secretary of State said the provision of housing was a very significant benefit of the scheme, including the 40% affordable rate. Also crucial was the developer agreeing to PV solar panels and air source heat pumps rather than gas boilers.

It was concerns over the environmental impact of the original scheme that prompted borough councillors to reject the scheme - which had been recommended for approval by planning officers as it would help meet local housing needs. The full scheme will include cycleway, footpaths, landscaping and access roads, a community orchard and allotments.

The junction of Kidnappers Lane and Shurdington Road can be a busy one at peak times. Plans released as part of the application process appear to show a mini-roundabout at the junction.

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