Glos County Council to take lead on £22 million Cyber Park scheme

Cyber Park Plans for Cheltenham

Gloucestershire county council is set to take control of a £22 million scheme that will help to deliver a 45 hectare cyber business park in West Cheltenham.

Subject to Cabinet approval, the council will take the scheme on from Cheltenham Borough Council following a GFirst LEP board meeting in September. The change was proposed based on the county council being both the Transport and Highway Authority and as a result of it having a proven track record of successfully delivering major, strategic transport projects.

Cabinet is also being asked to agree to push ahead with a bid to Homes England to fund a £249 million upgrade scheme for junction 10 of the M5. Upgrading Junction 10 will help to prepare the West of Cheltenham for the planned growth in housing.

It would create a new link road between the M5 Junction 10 and West Cheltenham, expand Arle Court park and ride site and put a ‘Smart Motorway’ upgrade for the stretch of the M5 from J9 to J11a.

The bid must be submitted by 1st March 2019

Completing the outline business case to Homes England will cost upwards of £1m. The council has already allocated £0.450m towards developing the case.

Speaking before the meeting, Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth, said: “These are two of the largest infrastructure projects the county council has ever been involved in, and both have the potential to make a huge contribution to the economic prosperity of our county for decades into the future.

”I will be asking cabinet next week to agree that the council takes on promotion of the key transport measures to support the Cheltenham Cyber Park and to support the bid for funding to enable us to reshape junction 10 on the M5 to future proof it and support the exciting plans for that part of the county.”