Tewkesbury Borough Council - Ashchurch Concept Masterplan and Garden Town plan
The story of this Garden Town plan can be found below and on the website links here. The plan for a Garden Town is still being pursued by Tewkesbury Borough Council despite popular discontent. The original outline centered the town around the land occupied by the MoD camp at Ashchurch. That land is now not going to be released for public use so various alternatives are being investigated but the result is a fragmented plan with no specific focus. The latest plan is shown in this document. It is far from complete and it shows no solutions to the infrastructure issues which surround the chosen area.
The Ashchurch Concept Masterplan plan, which was 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 December 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
The Ashchurch Concept Masterplan was part of the formal requirement for a review of the Joint Core Strategy but it was also being used in an application made by Tewkesbury Borough Council for Garden Town Status for the development to take place at Ashchurch. 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 beyond presentations of "concepts" from time to time.
To gain Garden Town status the number of homes to be built has been increased beyond the original local housing requirement and now stands in excess of 10,000 with the addition of industrial development to create over 11,000 jobs.
The latest version of the Ashchurch Concept Masterplan can be viewed here: https://www.jointcorestrategy.org/ashchurch-development-project
TBC have created a web site to give updates on the status of the Garden Town project here www.tewkesburygardentown.co.uk
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...