Elms Park would deliver essential new business space, jobs and housing for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the surrounding area. It would play a crucial role in the region’s future growth and would see more than £1 billion invested into the construction sector over a 10 to 15-year period. Once complete, it is estimated that Elms Park would generate over 5,000 full time equivalent job opportunities, primarily from the business park. In total these employment opportunities will generate annual incomes in excess of £210 million per year.
There is a clear vision in place for Elms Park which has been carefully designed to deliver all the elements of a thriving community in a genuine sustainable development.
The plans include:
- Up to 4,115 new homes
- New district centre and smaller local centre including retail and healthcare facilities
- A Transport Hub with up to 250 parking spaces
- Improvements to existing public transport from Elms Park and the surrounding area into Cheltenham, including an express bus service
- Three new schools (one secondary and two primary),
- New footpaths and new cycle ways linked to existing communities and routes off site
- A new Sports Hub, featuring: formal sports fields, including football pitches, outdoor tennis courts and a sports pavilion
- Network of parks for informal recreation, cycling, walking and community allotments
The space available would enable a range of new housing to be provided in a well-planned layout creating a safe and secure new community that links to existing settlements. New housing would be provided for all the main groups for whom a need has been identified. These homes would be built to high standards of energy efficiency, making them cheaper to run.
At Elms Park, a modern 10 hectare Business Park would be developed, providing the premises that existing regional employers require and attracting investment from elsewhere. The Business Park would offer a range of space – from business start-ups to regional headquarters. It would also include a super-fast broadband network to benefit business, schools and residents.
Being located close to the M5 and on the same side of the town as the railway station, North West Cheltenham is well served by transport links. These would be further improved through the provision of a Transport Hub that would be linked to the town centre, major employment sites and education facilities, via a modern rapid bus service. This would help to reduce traffic and congestion in the town centre.
Strategic scale developments, such as Elms Park, can enable environmentally sustainable solutions to be incorporated, including the provision of energy, the use and treatment of water and drainage management to avoid flooding. New schools would be built, along with playing fields, parks, allotments and other community facilities, all linked by a network of footpaths and cycleways that would also open up access to the countryside.