Public consultation gets under way for proposed business park near Tewkesbury

CGI impression of proposed park extension
Brockeridge Business Park

A public consultation has been launched to hear views on the proposed expansion plan for Brockeridge Business Park at Junction 1 of the M50 motorway.

The business park is looking to develop new premises for businesses. The ambition is to develop a high quality hub for tenants with a need or desire for direct accessibility to the national motorway network and with local connections. The business park, just one mile from the M5, is located on the Gloucestershire-Worcestershire border and serves as the M50 corridor gateway to Herefordshire.

Tiarks Developments, the company behind the proposal, said in its planning consultation: “One of the greatest future threats to the local economy identified by the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership is the lack of suitable premises and insufficient number of attractive development sites to accommodate high value businesses (such as those in storage and distribution).”

Brockeridge Business Park takes advantage of an unconstrained and under-utilised motorway network location with the M5 offering access to the Midlands, North and South-West and the M50 offering access to South Wales. The expanded business park will accommodate a range of suitable, modern premises for a diverse range of enterprises, including office space and logistics and distribution warehousing.

The submission added: “Tewkesbury Borough Council already recognises Brockeridge Business Park as a Rural Business Centre, however an opportunity now exists to develop the site to become a major employment site in the Borough and strategically for the wider county and region.”

Brockeridge Business Park is currently home to a range of office space. A modest expansion of the business park to provide additional office units and introducing some smaller industrial, storage and distribution units was awarded outline planning consent in 2019 alongside an access improvement scheme for the premises which is being delivered currently. The work will commence to deliver the additional consented business space very shortly. The proposal that is the subject of this consultation is for a number of logistics, storage and distribution units that would sit behind the existing office space.

This public consultation and feedback questionnaire will be available to view and fill in until Sunday 10th October 2021. Following this date, Tiarks and Black Box Planning will review all feedback which will help to evolve the design of the proposal.