Planning permission – Fitzhamon Park, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury

Planning permission

SF Planning Limited acted on behalf of the landowner, a local farmer, to secure outline planning permission for up to 90 dwellings, a care home, public open space and community allotments on an unallocated greenfield site.

Although the site is included within the concept masterplan for the proposed Tewkesbury Garden Town developed by Tewkesbury Borough Council and supported by Homes England, it is shown as not coming forward until Phase 3 as part of the southern expansion.  Importantly, SF Planning successfully argued that this would be impossible due to the Tirle Brook floodplain on the site’s southern boundary and the only possible way to gain access to this site was via the existing Fitzhamon Park/A46 junction.

Securing a favourable recommendation from planning officers required, amongst other things, overcoming National Highways’ holding objection and addressing the numerous concerns of Gloucestershire Highways.

After a long debate at its meeting back in Summer 2019, Planning Committee resolved to grant outline planning permission recognising that the 90 or so family homes will meet the local needs of the area, including 36 affordable units.  The care home element will create up to 50 new jobs and other economic benefits will arise both during construction and post completion.

For a number of reasons, negotiating the legal agreements with both the Borough Council and the County Council has been a protracted process but we are pleased to say that these have now been signed and sealed (in January 2022) thereby enabling the planning permission to be issued.

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