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465 new houses could be set for Churchdown


Churchdown could bulge in the coming years with 465 more houses set to be built in the village.

The 49 acre site, on Pirton Fields, will be located north the B4063 which leads into Churchdown from Elmbridge Court roundabout.

These plans take the total number of houses planned for the south Churchdown area up to 768, with 864 more due to be built in the Churchdown area according to the JCS.

There will be 265 houses built south of the A40, with 55 homes on another site nearby. There will also be 83 properties built to the south of the B4063.

In the design and access statement, developers Mactaggart and Mickel, said: “The site, which is located immediately to the south west of Innsworth presents an opportunity to provide up to 465 new dwellings, which would help to contribute to the three council’s housing requirement of 30,500 homes, 10,100 of which are to be within Tewkesbury Borough.

“The site is located on relatively flat land, gently sloping to the North West, with good connections and within easy access of local facilities.”

What will it mean for transport?

A junction would be created from the B4063 turning left into the new estate. This would be the only entrance to the site. An access for emergency vehicles would be in place from Parkside Drive but it would not be used for other vehicles. There would also be an additional bus stop put in on the B4063 with three pedestrian crossings in around 200 metres.

How will facilities be affected?

The proposed site will not include any further services apart from playing fields and children’s playgrounds.

The site will not have a health centre within a ten minute walk and just one pharmacy within the same distance.

How will schools be affected?


The developers of the site have not allocated any space for another school within the development.

Therefore, any new pupils that move into the site would have be catered for by existing schools. With Churchdown Infants School, Parton Manor, both Longlevens Infants and Junior School as well as both Innsworth Infants and Junior Schools among the nearest.

Any secondary school pupils that move into the area would have to go to another comprehensive in the site. Churchdown Academy, Chosen Hill School and Sir Thomas Rich’s would be the closest schools to this site.

How will shops and leisure facilities be impacted?

There is a large Tesco Extra store within a ten minute walk of the proposed development and two smaller stores within the same distance.

Residents in the area wouldn’t be spoilt for choice for an old fashioned ‘local’. In a ten minute walk there is just one pub, The Greyhound in Longlevens. However, there are several other public houses in Churchdown and Longlevens, but they are some distance away.

Within a five minute walk to the north of the site there is also a large area of sports pitches between Innsworth and Churchdown.

When will a decision be made?

Churchdown Parish Council will make their recommendation at a meeting on Tuesday, September 13.

Once their parish council have had their say, Tewkesbury Borough Council will make a final decision on whether the plans will be approved.

The next planning meeting for the borough council is Tuesday, September 27 but it is not yet known whether this site will be on the agenda.


  1. It’s madness. Aren’t the schools already at full capacity ? Let’s try and squeeze some more people into an already over crowded area.

  2. I know more houses are needed, but it’s affordable housing that the government and the country needs. By building here are these properties going to be affordable?

  3. Its a joke….they are spending £7 million on that roundabout…and not even giving Churchdown a extra lane onto the roundabout..what the hell is it going to be like with all those extra cars!!!

  4. It’s quite obvious that these plans for Churchdown are not popular. There are faults in location, traffic and amenities in the proposed site and will continue to overcrowd the area. Not to mention that this site could potentially cause flooding.

    These plans cannot go ahead as they are. As one of Churchdowns Borough Councillors, I am concerned that these plans will slowly make Churchdown a suburb of Gloucester.

    If you do not agree with these plans, please make sure you get in touch with JCS inspector Elizabeth Ord. Alternatively, you can contact any Churchdown Borough Councillor who will raise these issues in the Planning Policy Referat Panel.

  5. How can they say Churchdown school when people living that side of bridge have already been told they can’t get in… If they are to build more homes, they need to be affordable, another school, another GP surgery and more things for families to do at affordable prices….

  6. Since I was born in 1948 Churchdown has grown enormously, it was a lovely quiet village with 2 schools and 3 doctors, now it is no longer a quiet place, the streets are full of cars , there are lots more people but the same schools and 1 doctors surgery which appears to be full to capacity WHY more houses?

  7. Brilliant idea if they are for council houses that people need. Or failing that houses that 1st time buyers or the less well off can afford.

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