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This update coincides with the third anniversary of the Task Force so a time to reflect upon our achievements this far and also the period ahead. Key outputs to date include
The North Place scheme has exchanged contracts and is progressing to the planning stage.
The Brewery phase 2 secured planning permission
Public realm works have started on the Promenade with a step change in the quality of materials
GCC secured funding from the Dept of Transport for delivery of a sustainable transport plan
The Midwinter scheme where Bloor Homes are on site with the first phase of development. The whole site will yield 172 homes of which 40% will be affordable. Initial interest is solid with reservations already being made and the first 19 affordable homes will be completed by May 2013.
2013 could prove to be the year when much of our analysis and planning comes to fruition.
The Regent Arcade High Street frontage should be operational by July
The North Place & Portland Street scheme is scheduled to be considered by the planning committee in February
Upgrade works to the Western Promenade are due to start in April
The Brewery phase 2 is expected to be on site later this year
Gloucestershire County Council have put a team in place to deliver the sustainable transport plan and public consultation will begin soon
Plans are being developed for other key sites including the former Haines & Strange garage site and Royal Well
Gloucestershire County Council has now appointed a team to progress the implementation of this project, designed to deliver sustainable development by promoting economic growth whilst reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Key items include;
A proposed new pedestrian way finding system for the town which will provide details of destinations and walking times. Directional signs will also be supplemented by area maps, cycle route and bus maps and will be consistent with those available electronically. Examples used in other towns shown below.
Improvements to cycle routes and signage for recommended routes plus additional cycle parking
Bus improvements including improved shelters, new bus maps and extension of key services
Personalised travel planning to assist individual residents to make informed choices over best available travel options
Workplace travel plans to promote options for working colleagues eg car sharing
School travel plans to promote alternatives to the car based school run
Car sharing and car clubs to deliver an affordable transport choice to those without access to a car
Changes to the road network to reduce the complexities of the existing one-way system
It is planned to consult on all of these proposals from May 2013 onwards.
David OldhamDiane Savory – Chair, Gloucestershire Local
Enterprise Board

Diane is the former Chief Operating Officer of distinctive fashion retailer SuperGroup PLC. She went from having three Cult Clothing stores in the local area to a nationwide retail roll out and worldwide distribution of the Superdry brand. In March 2010 she took SuperGroup PLC to full floatation on the London Stock Exchange and into the FTSE 250. This led to the company being given the Award for the Best Initial Public Offering in 2010.

She has also been involved in the management, development and operation of associate business, innovative coffee chain Soho Coffee Company, which built to £2 million turnover from four locations.

Diane has also been named Gloucestershire Businesswoman of the Year and is a Member of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

She has been a member of the Task Force since its inception and is passionate about the the role of retail for the local economy

Diane is chair of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership - a partnership between local businesspeople, recognised by government. LEP’s exist to bind together business, to lobby and to act as the channel between Government and business.
A quick round-up of some of the latest news stories

4th December 2012
Traffic light switch off experiment comes to an end (Echo)

12th December 2012
Regeneration group celebrates 3 year anniversary (Echo)

12th January 2013
Cheltenham attracting investors, says regeneration chief (BBC Online)
Dates have now been agreed for the next phase of work which will focus upon the Western side of the Promenade fronting the war memorial. This will deliver a solution to match the quality achieved on the Eastern Promenade in 2012. Works are scheduled to start early April and last for up to 22 weeks; actual timings can not be determined until works begin and the complexities of the tree root systems understood.

The popular farmers’ market will need to be relocated temporarily to the existing pedestrianised zone to the North whilst the works are undertaken.

Once completed it is hoped to improve the existing pedestrianised zone which has a range of challenges such as tree pits too big or too small for the trees; re-grouting of York stone slabs, etc. The opportunity will also be taken to explore the potential for dedicated power supplies for events such as the Christmas market so as to avoid the need for noisy generators.

All of this would act as a precursor for proposals linked to the wider transport initiatives (see above) and opportunities that could be created for Imperial Circus and Boots Corner.
The scheme has been the subject of formal consultation as part of the planning process and meetings have been held with local residents, the Civic Society, representatives of the Architects Panel and the Borough Council planning team.

As a result Augur Buchler has made amendments to the scheme to reflect concerns raised, and have submitted revised plans.

An updated aerial view is shown below, and it is this scheme that will be considered by the planning committee on 21st February 2013.
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