Garden Town status to deliver 10,000 new homes for Gloucestershire
PUBLISHED: 14:18 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:18 14 May 2019
A £750,000 cash injection will help Tewkesbury become one of the Government's new Garden Towns
The move, designed to deliver long-term, sustainable development plans, will see up to 10,195 new houses built in Ashchurch, Tewkesbury between now and 2041.
Tewkesbury Borough Council submitted its bid in November, citing the town's key location surrounding J9 of the M5, and is one of only a handful of locations awarded the status.
Success means the council and its stakeholders can develop Tewkesbury by improving transport links and educational provision while building new 'green' infrastructure including new parks and cycle routes.
It also means the borough will have access to specialist Government support and strategic planning advice.
Through the JCS - Joint Core Strategy - and Ashchurch Concept Materplan, discussions have taken place on how best to deliver the town's 2,500 housing shortfall. As part of its bid, the council outlined the principles on which it would be delivered, including sustainability, excellent design, strong community engagement, green spaces and jobs.
Mike Dawson, Chief Executive at the borough council, said: "We're really pleased to have been awarded Garden Town status and funding to meet our communities' future needs. The Government clearly recognises the crucial role our area plays in helping unlock the delivery of much-needed homes and the Garden Town status formally recognises our commitment to creating vibrant and thriving communities.
"We want to build communities in a way that is inclusive, delivering high-quality housing and strong links to public services like doctors' surgeries, schools and transport. We look forward to working together on this exciting programme."