There are plans for some redevelopment of old buildings in Cheltenham, which will include a new pedestrian route or public pathway open to the public through the site. This will be between Crescent Place and St. George’s Place.
The pathway will be enclosed with architectural design. It will be on a site which has been empty for six years since the Commission for Rural Communities left.
The redevelopment will involve demolishing 1970’s offices and the construction of 80 retirement flats. These will include studios to 3-bedrooms as well as visitor accommodation, ample parking and communal areas.
London based, Proctor and Matthews will be the architects behind the project, who have produced a report for Cheltenham Borough Council’s planning committee, with some innovative ideas.
Pegasus Life who owns the site, plans to open the development to the public only during the day.
This project will offer an opportunity for locals to interact with the wider community, at the same time ensuring a long term sustainability as a valuable asset.
According to the report by Proctor and Matthews, across Cheltenham are a number of examples of controlled yet semi-private courts such as Cheltenham College and Cantay House.
The report proposes a controlled twin court for the new redevelopment which will comprise of one side containing a reflection pool and landscaped island plus three quarters of galleried inn courtyards of the 15th and 16th Centuries.
These proposals will be conversed with the planning committee over coming months.