A planning application to build a new road bridge over the railway in Ashchurch and Northway – a crucial part of the infrastructure needed for the emerging Tewkesbury Garden Town – has been permitted by Tewkesbury Borough Council’s planning committee.

The application, which was considered by the committee on Tuesday 16 March, was prepared with the support of Gloucestershire County Council, the local highways authority – and their consultants, Atkins – and submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council as the local planning authority.

The bridge structure will include provision for a new road, integrated cycle path and walkway. It will provide better east-to-west access in parallel with ongoing efforts to develop more detailed master planning for the area. The eventual alignment of the link roads and layout of housing development are not part of this planning application and would be part of future planning application submissions.

Councillor Rob Bird, Leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “I am extremely pleased that the borough council has been permitted to deliver a bridge over the railway in Ashchurch. This marks the next significant stage in delivering the all-important infrastructure needed to support the new Garden Town – a proper community with homes fit for the future.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) awarded Tewkesbury Borough Council £8.1m of funding to deliver a bridge that could unlock parcels of land to the east of the railway line which are highlighted in the Garden Town Concept Masterplan as development opportunities.

The borough council commissioned the support of Gloucestershire County Council as a key strategic partner in the project due to its status as the local highways authority and its experience in designing and delivering significant infrastructure schemes.

For more information, visit: tewkesburygardentown.co.uk

Category: Planning