Views sought on Lansdown estate regeneration proposals in Cheltenham

Lansdown North proposal site CGI image

People and businesses living near Lansdown Industrial Estate, opposite Cheltenham Spa railway station are being asked for their views on regenerating the ageing northern part of the site to create homes as part of a long-term vision.

While new businesses such as brewery, coffee roastery and electric car workshop and showroom have moved into the southern part of Lansdown Industrial Estate, many of the buildings in the northern part are derelict.

Having looked carefully at options for how the northern section could be either refurbished or redeveloped, Adapt Real Estate wants to build around 218 homes, a mix of market and affordable homes and apartments.

It is now holding a five-week consultation to seek the views of local residents and businesses, before it finalises an outline planning application, which it expects to submit in September 2021.

People can find out more information and see images at www.lansdown-north.co.uk.

If approved, work would not be expected to start on site before early 2023.

James Taylor, Founding Director, Adapt Real Estate, said: “The southern part of Lansdown Industrial Estate is thriving with a vibrant mix of new and existing businesses, and we’re committed to supporting this and seeing it continue to flourish.

“Having looked at a number of options, our vision is to bring the older northern part of the estate back to life with homes.”

Lansdown Industrial Estate is one of four sites identified by Cheltenham Borough Council in the recently adopted Cheltenham Plan as suitable for mixed-use (commercial and residential) development. The total estate is an estimated 13.3 acres, and the northern section proposed for regeneration is approximately 6.9 acres.

The estate is well located near to Cheltenham town centre, with good access to nearby supermarkets, cafes and other local amenities. It is close to the railway station and there are a number of bus routes nearby, as well as walking and cycling connections to the town centre via the Honeybourne Line and Queen’s Road.

Pedestrian and cycle access would be kept between the site and the southern part of the estate, encouraging residents to use these as a means of getting around and reducing car usage. Adapt is also exploring other initiatives such as car clubs and electric charging points to support Cheltenham Borough Council’s declaration of a climate emergency.

Separately, there is currently an unattractive industrial building near the entrance to the Lansdown Estate that backs onto nearby Roman Road. Adapt is proposing to re-develop this site for residential and commercial uses to regenerate this end of the street.

As part of the consultation, a virtual event is being held for local residents on Tuesday 29 July between 6pm and 7pm. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions people may have about the project. Registration is via the website in advance. The event will also be recorded and made available to watch following the event.

The project team is actively speaking with all commercial tenants of the site to explain the plans and answer any queries they have. Most tenants in the northern area are on short-term flexible leases.

Working alongside Hong Kong based Investment Managers Ship Street Advisors, Adapt Real Estate acquires and asset manage properties on behalf of the UKRO Partnership across the UK. It is also working on a project at Wyndham Court in Bristol which it acquired off market in March this year.