25 March 2015
Following the public consultation in November 2014, a planning application has been submitted to demolish Rivershill House, the dilapidated office block in St George’s Road, Cheltenham and replace it with high-quality apartments.
The Roberts Limbrick scheme has been put forward by planning consultants Origin 3 on behalf of the building’s owners and developers, Telereal Trillium.
At the public consultation, Telereal Trillium proposed two options for consideration: the refurbishment of Rivershill House (which already had consent for conversion to private residential under permitted development rights), or a complete redevelopment and creation of a new apartment building.
Graham Edwards, CEO at Telereal Trillium said: “The feedback received at the public consultation indicated an overwhelming preference for a residential redevelopment, in a contemporary style. The project team took those views on board as details were finalised for the planning application.”
The application seeks permission to demolish the existing 1970s offices and replace them with a high-quality residential building, including 45 new homes arranged over four floors, with a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments.
The plans also provide parking for 72 cars, most of which (65 spaces) are provided in undercroft parking beneath the apartments with secure cycle stores for up to 50 bicycles. There are communal gardens to the rear and sides of the building, which benefits from ‘green’ sedum roof areas and a natural stone finish.
In response to feedback received from the planning authority, the new building proposed is reduced in footprint and height from that presented at the public consultation. There would be one main vehicle access offSt George's Road.
“It is a sensitive, contemporary design that respects the conservation area but is also appropriate to the 21st century. The redevelopment will provide much needed new housing on a brownfield site, in a sustainable location,” said Mr Edwards.
He thanked members of the public for their input. “The feedback received from the local community has been invaluable,” he added.
Anyone wishing to see the planning application in detail can do so on Cheltenham Borough Council’s website, ref 15/00451/FUL.