Development near A40 Arle Court roundabout and other retailers and businesses including B&Q, HomeBargains, KFC, Harvester and Pets at Home
The heavy lifting has begun as work continues to bring another Aldi supermarket to Cheltenham.
After land off Grovefield Way, Hatherley, was cleared in the autumn, concrete foundations have been laid for a development that will also include a new Costa coffee shop and a children’s Happy Days nursery.
It had been a long planning battle to get the greenlight for the development next to the BMW Cotswold showroom.
The nearby Asda supermarket had opposed the plans from an early stage and there were concerns about traffic in the area, which is near the Arle Court roundabout on the A40 and not far from junction 11 with the M5.
The site is a hive of activity, with workers and machinery helping to clear the site in readiness for the building work to begin in earnest.
Once the store is open, it will bring a discount supermarket to an area of west Cheltenham that is dominated by the Asda half-a-mile away in Hatherley Lane and the Morrisons two miles away in Caernarvon Road.
At the moment, people living in west Cheltenham south of the A40 have to travel to the Aldi off Tewkesbury Road in north Cheltenham, the Lidl supermarkets in Tewkesbury Road or Swindon Road, or to the Aldi in Hucclecote Road.
Work on building the supermarket and the coffee shop was initially meant to start after the construction of offices. But, with difficulties in pre-letting office space, developers Hinton Properties (Grovefield Way) Ltd was given permission to start with the retail part of the project.
Building work is expected to last until the spring and will bring new jobs to an area that already has a Harvester restaurant, a KFC drive-through a restaurant, a Travelodge, Home Bargains, B&Q and Pets at Home.
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