AN EYESORE in Stoke Orchard is set to be revamped after villagers used their voice to sway committee members.

A fresh bid to regenerate the former Coal Research Establishment (CRE) was given the thumbs up by Tewkesbury Borough Council’s planning committee, even though it did not fit into its official policy.

Ashfield Land Management put in an application to transform the site into a 129-home mini-village, which would also include a community hall, office space, and new roads and sewerage.

Despite a planning officer’s recommendation to refuse the scheme, councillors decided it would be in the best interests of the village after a site visit last month…

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