Tewkesbury Borough Council - Ashchurch Concept Master Plan
The plan, which has been developed by Tewkesbury Borough Council and supported by Homes England, reviews the housing potential in Ashchurch to help meet the housing need in Tewkesbury borough. Carrying out a review to meet the housing need in the borough is a formal requirement following the 2017 adoption of the Joint Core Strategy (which sets out the need and location for employment and housing sites across Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough up to 2031).
A public meeting, organised by ARPC, was held on 10th Decmber at Sherdon's Centre. This was attended by the head of development services at TBC and a comprehensive Q&A session was held. A report of the session, produced by ARPC, can be viewed here
We were told that the Ashchurch Concept Masterplan was part of the formal requirement for a review of the Joint Core Strategy whereas it was a thinly disguised application for Garden Town Status from the beginning. This application has now been approved by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government despite there being fundamental problems of flooding and transport infrastructure in the area. The government’s own rules, for Garden Town design, have been ignored with TBC not involving any of the local councils or communities but simply instructing a skilled consultancy group to produce a glossy booklet designed to appeal to the Garden Community selection group. This costly process would not have been necessary for a simple review of housing requirements.
To gain this funding the number of homes to be built has been increased beyond the original requirement and now stands in excess of 10,000 with the addition of industrial development to create over 11,000 jobs.
The Ashchurch Concept Masterplan can be viewed here: https://www.jointcorestrategy.org/ashchurch-development-project
Although responses made to the JCS body are not currently published by TBC the combined local parish councils and the ARPC response may be viewed below...