Embargoed until 00:01 21 April 2016

A PROJECT worth £5million to revive an important but long-neglected part of Tewkesbury town has been given the go-ahead.

On Tuesday, April 19, members of Tewkesbury Borough Council approved proposals to redevelop and regenerate two central neighbouring sites at Spring Gardens and Oldbury Road, following the planned demolition of Cascades leisure centre later this summer.

The borough council has carried out extensive research over the past 12 months to ensure the site is developed to its full potential and at the meeting of full council, members examined feasibility proposals and costings for a highly desirable mixed-use development. The council’s ambition is to create additional retail space, some residential development and a vastly enhanced public space. The proposals embrace the historic character of Tewkesbury and, importantly, commit to maintaining adequate car parking and facilities for the hugely successful Mop Fair and twice-weekly market.

The process of preparing a submission for planning approval will now start, which will include a public consultation.

Lead Member for Asset Management and Finance, Councillor David Waters, said, “This is very exciting news for Tewkesbury. It’s a great opportunity to maximise the potential for these central town centre sites and will provide even more exciting choice and variety for residents and visitors to the town.”