PLANS to redevelop the land currently occupied by Cascades Leisure Centre, Spring Gardens car park and Oldbury Road car park in Tewkesbury could be drawn-up over the next few months.

On Wednesday 9 March, Tewkesbury Borough Council’s executive committee will be asked to give officers the go-ahead to prepare proposals to rejuvenate the site after Cascades is demolished in the summer.

If approved, proposals will be drawn-up based on the principles of the Tewkesbury Town Centre Masterplan. The masterplan identifies the site as being suitable for a range of development, including a mix of retail, housing, car parking and public space, as well as improving the existing connections within the town.

The council will also ensure that all proposals will embrace the historic character of Tewkesbury, and include provision for the town’s twice-weekly market, the annual Mop Fair, public toilets and car parking.

Should plans be approved on Wednesday, officers hope to present design and feasibility proposals to members in the spring. If the spring proposals are agreed, the process of preparing a submission for planning approval will start, which will include a public consultation.

Lead Member for Asset Management and Finance, Councillor David Waters, said, “If approved, the development of these proposals will mark the beginning of a very exciting time for Tewkesbury. The Riverside Walk will be completed soon, the new leisure centre will open in the summer and now we’re hoping to rejuvenate Spring Gardens and Oldbury Road, which will add another really exciting focal point to the town. It will, of course, be a very sad day when Cascades is demolished, but the potential for the space it leaves behind is significant.”