Development of a care village
FILM STUDIOS, HATHERLEY LANE
Client: Richmond Villages (BUPA)
SF Planning secured planning permission for a new care village on land to the rear of the Film Studios, Hatherley Lane in Cheltenham for Richmond Villages which is part of BUPA.
Working with a range of consultants’ permission was secured at Cheltenham Borough Council’s Planning Committee on 23 March 2017.
The application site was unique as a woodland and subject to multiply Tree Preservation Order, but the woodland was falling into decline. The proposal was justified by making sure this was reversed, by preserving the best trees for future generations, and enhancement of the important wooded approach to Cheltenham from the A40, by planting approximately 300 new trees.
The whole ethos for the proposal was about the scheme being landscape led, effectively letting the woodland inform the proposals rather than the other way around.
Working with officers of Cheltenham Borough Council and other consultants SF Planning steered the application towards a positive decision within 2 months from submission of a full planning application following extensive pre-application discussions, and a successful public consultation event.
The development will provide a care environment which is a first for Cheltenham, covering a number of separate areas of care including dementia care. The care village will provide over 100 jobs locally, and will fulfill an identified need for this form of care in the Borough.