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First phase of multi-million pound rebuild of Cotteswold Dairy's Tewkesbury business gets go-ahead

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Written by: Gloucestershire Echo & Gloucester Citizen | Posted 06 October 2015 6:47

First phase of multi-million pound rebuild of Cotteswold Dairy's Tewkesbury business gets go-ahead
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The first part of Cotteswold Dairy's proposed 15-year revamp has been given the go-ahead.

The family-owned company intends a major redevelopment of its site in Northway Lane, Tewkesbury.

Its plans to demolish the former Phoenix Bearings premises next to its main site, to create room for a lorry park, have been approved in principle by the borough council.

Residents had complained in the past about noise disturbance from the dairy's lorries at the rear boundary of the site.

The company hopes that moving the vehicles further away from their houses will ease the problem.

It says creating the new lorry park is required in order to enable the future redevelopment of the dairy site.

Mark Price, of Cheltenham-based Vitruvius Management Services, is managing the project for the dairy.

He said: "We're delighted that the enabling work phase of this has been passed. Now we've got the green light, some preparatory work will be happening in the next few weeks."

He said the demolition of the former Phoenix Bearings premises should happen during that time and added: "It will create some much-needed space on site to allow the construction work to happen for the main project.

"Getting the lorries moved is quite key to the overall scheme and will allow us some building space to take this forward."

What is known as a hybrid planning application is now likely to be submitted to the council within the next six to eight weeks.

It will include a master plan for the overall site and details of the first two or three phases of the redevelopment.

Mark said the first application had received unanimous support from members of the council's planning committee.

He added: "We've worked really hard with the planning department to meet requirements. We're really pleased that hard work has paid off."

Harry Workman founded the dairy in 1938 and his grandson George Workman is now its managing director.

The company has not revealed how much its redevelopment will cost but has said it faces a major challenge to upgrade its premises if it is to continue to grow and win its battle to stay ahead of its competition.

The project involves negotiations with various tenant businesses on the overall dairy-owned site who will need to move to make room for the scheme.

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