Cyber Central Garden Community Consultation

Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Councils are working together to drive a world class development at West Cheltenham to be known as Cyber Central Garden Community. Their vision is to create a vibrant pioneering community integrating hi-tech business, residential and leisure uses. It will require the highest standards of environmental sustainability integrating exemplar homes as part of a thriving campus and garden community.

This planning framework called a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) above will provide a broad masterplan setting out important principles including connections from existing neighbourhoods, the design of green spaces, new homes, employment spaces and community facilities. This SPD follows on from the allocation of this land for the development in principle through the adopted Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy (2017). Going forward this SPD will inform future planning application submissions on the site.

CBC and TBC are keen to hear your views which can be submitted here; up to 17th February 2020.

There are also drop-in consultation events to meet the SPD team and view the masterplan SPD:

Thursday 23rd January 2020

12:30 – 3:30pm at Springbank Community Centre, Cheltenham, GL51 0LG

4:30 – 7:30pm at Hester’s Way Community Centre, Cheltenham, GL51 7SU

Saturday 1st February 2020

10:30am – 1:30pm at Regent Arcade, High St, Cheltenham, GL50 1JZ 2:30 – 5:30pm at Cheltenham West Community Fire Station, Tewkesbury Road, GL51 9SN

‘Village green’ land at risk after supreme court ruling

Decision on Moorside Fields in Lancaster makes it harder to stop public space being developed

It is not the most attractive piece of land in Lancashire. But for Janine Bebbington and her friends, Moorside Fields was where all the important things in life happened.

“It was our playground, it was where we went and climbed trees, used the running track from the nearby school, played rounders, explored, kissed people in the bushes, drank cider, did all the things that people get up to in green spaces.”

Sitting in the middle of three estates in south Lancaster, the five fields have been enjoyed by locals for more than half a century. But plans to ensure that future generations will find delights there have been scuppered by the supreme court. On Wednesday, the court stripped Moorside Fields of its village green status, a ruling that campaigners predict will have major implications for the protection of open spaces across England and Wales.


RIBS Stirling Awards

The Royal Institute of British Architects gives out the award each year to the UK’s best new building.

An eco-friendly council estate in Norwich has scooped 2019’s prestigious Riba Stirling Prize for architecture. The estate, called Goldsmith Street, is made up of almost 100 ultra low-energy homes for Norwich City Council. It beat the likes of London Bridge Station and the Nevill Holt Opera, Market Harborough, to the prize.

You may also be interested to see some more information about the project and a video of this years RIBA Stirling Award winner which features a fantastic and inspirational affordable homes development.

RIBA Sterling Award
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RIBA Stirling Award winner 2019

Cyber Hub Consultation

We hope you were able to attend the Cyber Hub drop-ins on September 11th at Hesters Way or Springbank Centres. If not there is another one scheduled for 4.30-7.30pm at GLOSCOL on September 19th. We will be discussing these at the start of the meeting on the 23rd.

Avison Young who are running the consultation and preparing initial designs have suplied the following background information. The map may be concerning but its “indicative” and clearly not inspired by our Forum masterplan!

For more information contact Cheltenham Borough Council Communications Team on 01242 264 332 or email

The dates for our next meeting meetings at Hester’s Way Community Centre are as follows;

  • 5.30pm on Monday 23rd September
  • 5.30pm on Monday 21st October
  • 5.30pm on Monday 25th  November

Next Meeting September 23rd

The next meeting of the Forum will focus on the key aspirations for the plan including ;

  • The proposed cyber hub
  • Transport Infrastructure
  • Green spaces and corridors
  • Play and community facilities
  • Sustainability
  • Affordable housing

If you would like to help us with these projects or to share your views and please drop in to the Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre on Cassin Drive on Monday 23rd September at 5.30pm

See meetings pages for more information

Cyber Hub Plan Meeting

The next meeting of the Forum will focus on finalising the Cyber Hub plan for the fields west of Fiddlers Green Lane. If you would like to share your views please drop in to the Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre on Cassin Drive on Monday 28th January at 5.30pm

For more information please see the documents and meetings pages

Street Audit Results

On Monday 24th September we reviewed the street audits completed over the summer to see what implications they have for the future Neighbourhood Plan.

Here are the street audit results;

Hesters Way Forum Street Audit Analysis

We have invited representatives from Locality the government body who are overseeing the Neighbourhood Planning process to give us first hand help regarding the Cyber Hub development and its relationship with the Fiddlers Green Lane properties.

If you would like to attend a site visit with Locality and/or discuss the subsequent proposals please contact us on; 

We will be holding the next forum meeting once the drawing proposals are ready. Hopefully pretty soon!

Cheltenham West Vision

At the March Hesters Way Partnership  Paul Miller of Nash Partnership described the new  ‘Cheltenham West’ Vision

Paul explained that Nash Partnership are working jointly for CBC and CBH, and outlined the work done to date for the ‘Cheltenham West’ Vision.  Views had been sought from local residents on the area, some of which were good and some not so good, and also the aspirations for the area.

Paul gave a presentation based around the Cheltenham West Vision Public Consultation Leaflet, full details of which can be found here;

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