Alistair Cameron speaks out against the Homelands development between Bishop's Cleeve and Gotherington

November 9, 2010 9:56 PM

Alistair, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesman for Tewkesbury Constituency is against plans for development on the green field site which helps separate Bishop's Cleeve and Gotherington.

'Clearly the application is premature as the Council's Joint Core Strategy is still out for consultation and has not yet been decided', he says.

Moreover 'Bishops Cleeve has grown very significantly in recent years and the infrastructure within the village (including roads and local services) has not grown in order to meet the demands of the new population. The village would not be able to cope with this additional housing.'

He also believes that if this development were to go ahead it would significantly reduce the green area between Bishops Cleeve and Gotherington leading to the risk of eventually merging the two villages into one large urban area.

Alistair is also concerned that many of the new residents would need to work in Cheltenham and Gloucester, adding to an already over-stretched road network for commuters.

There are further concerns locally about flooding. As Alistair says 'A number of areas within Bishops Cleeve and Woodmancote suffered badly during the 2007 floods. As some of these areas are near to the proposed development, there has to be concern that it will increase the flood risk for nearby houses.'