Success in the campaign, several councillors worked hard to get the following motion passed by the Council:

“This Council notes the intention in the draft Regional Spatial Strategy to impose a target of 12,500 extra homes on the Cheltenham area up to 2026, including a proposed urban extension of 4,000 homes between Swindon Village and Uckington. It also notes the recommendation of the examining panel to increase the target to 13,800 homes in the Cheltenham area, including 5,000 homes in the urban extension.

This Council notes that the Council’s recent expression of interest in growth points status may, if accepted by the Government, require these housing targets to be met by 2016 rather than 2026.

This Council:

  • Reaffirms its opposition to the RSS figures as expressed in its submission to the EIP.
  • Recognises the need for additional affordable housing in Cheltenham.
  • Resolves to debate the full detail of any potential bid for growth point status before such a bid is made to Government
  • Resolves to debate the recommendations of the Secretary of State due for consultation in the summer of 2008 and to submit comments and objections on behalf of the people of Cheltenham
  • Calls upon the Secretary of State, when framing her recommendations for consultation, to commit the Government to fully funding the infrastructure costs of her proposals
  • Acknowledges that in the best interests of the people of Cheltenham, this council needs to be able to deliver any development that is forced on this town in a planned and co-ordinated manner
  • Affirms its opposition to the proposed urban extension to the North West of Cheltenham”

It is understood that whilst this is a great success, the original motion was watered down somewhat by the Conservatives and no longer commits the council to lobbying the South-West Goverment.