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Decision details

Public realm improvements to High Street (East)

Decision Maker: Director of Planning-Tracey Crews

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


1.    To adopt the mid-range design option for the first phase of public realm improvements to High Street (east) between Rodney Road and Cambray Place at an estimated construction cost of £696,000 (based on latest cost plan). The set of paving materials being;


  1. Ethically sourced Yorkstone equivalent blocks for pedestrian space, vehicle space and event space;
  2. Pre cast concrete Conservation kerb for kerb edgings


2.    To agree that subsequent stages of the works may transition to alternative sets of materials beyond Cambray Place.

Reasons for the decision:

Core areas of the High St merit the use of good quality paving materials to enhance their attraction as a destination for shoppers and recreational users. Approach reflects wider ambition of place as set out in the emerging place strategy.


The materials chosen are affordable within the budget for the first stage of the works.

Alternative options considered:

Three alternative design options were evaluated.


1.         Lower quality mid-range pre cast concrete products

2.         Mid quality ethically sourced non-UK Yorkstone equivalent

3.         High quality UK Yorkstone


The high quality option was not affordable within the available budget whilst the least expensive was judged to be of inadequate quality for the core area of the design area.

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Consultation has been undertaken with:

  1. The Leader of the Council, the Cabinet Member for Development and Safety, and wider Cabinet
  2. Overview and Scrutiny Committee
  3. Key stakeholders including Cheltenham Business Improvement District, John Lewis Partnership, Cheltenham Development Taskforce and Gloucestershire County Council
  4. Cheltenham Development Task Force Board (quarterly board meeting)
  5. Executive Board
  6. High St East Project Board



All consultees supportive of the decision to progress with the first phase as a priority and to consider options for alternative materials for subsequent phases.

Contact: Tracey Crews, Director of Planning Email: Email:

Publication date: 06/02/2018

Date of decision: 06/02/2018

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