Planning application submitted for Ashchurch bridge

The project to build a new road bridge over the railway in Ashchurch – a crucial part of the new Tewkesbury Garden Town - has progressed a stage further this week following the submission of a planning application by Gloucestershire County Council (the local highways authority) to Tewkesbury Borough Council (the local planning authority).

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) awarded Tewkesbury Borough Council £8.1m of funding to deliver a bridge that could unlock parcels of land to the east of the railway line which are highlighted in the Garden Town Concept Masterplan as development opportunities. The borough council has commissioned Gloucestershire County Council as a key strategic partner in the project due to its status as the local highways authority.

In developing the application, the two councils have taken into account a substantial amount of feedback gathered by the Garden Town team, online and by phone, earlier this year (after public information events had to be cancelled due to Covid-19). This new milestone marks the beginning of a more formal consultation with the public and other stakeholders as part of the planning process. It presents the opportunity for the public to submit further thoughts and opinions, which will all be considered by Tewkesbury Borough Council’s independent planning committee later in the year, before deciding on whether to permit or refuse the planning application. 

If permitted, the bridge structure will include provision for a new road and integrated cycle path and walkway. It will provide improved east-to-west access in parallel with ongoing efforts to further develop masterplanning for the area. The eventual layout of the link roads and housing development unlocked by the new bridge will be part of future planning application submission.

To comment on the planning application, please visit:


Mop Fair organisers cancel this year's event

The licensee of the Tewkesbury's Mop Fair, together with Tewkesbury Borough Council, has made the difficult decision to suspend the fair this year.


In line with current Government Guidelines, the Community Support Group set up for Toddington Parish in response to the Corona Virus will shortly be scaled back. The Parish Council wish to thank all those who volunteered their time to supporting others during the past 4 months. If you are still in need of help, or know someone who is lonely or vulnerable, then please contact me via




A Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on the 2nd November at 7.30pm, via Zoom. To read the agenda, please click HERE or contact the clerk directly to request a copy (Tel. 01451 850611 or email

The draft minutes from the Council meeting held on the 21st September can be read HERE.

Minutes from the Planning meeting held on the 12th October can be read here.

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Toddington is situated near the western slope of the Cotswold Hills surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and landscapes of Special Value. It is located approx 20 km north-east of Cheltenham with a population of around 400 people. The history of the village goes right back to 1086. The Domesday Book makes reference to evidence of an early settlement in and around Toddington with a population of 130 people.

There are two main original parts to the village: "Church Lane" near the church and  "New Town" at the crossing of the B4077 and B4632 roads. The village has developed over the years and covers a wider range of facilities, housing and farms and businesses. The village, has a large church, St. Andrew's which contains the marble tombs of local nobility, the Tracy family, who variously lived at Sudeley Castle, Hailes Abbey and Toddington Manor.

The area is mainly farming country looking out to glorious hills. Much of the area around Church Lane is designated a listed Historic Garden Area and the area to the north of the B4077 sits in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Beauty. The land to the south of the B4077 is designated a Special Landscape Area. Toddington Manor which lies between New Town and Church Lane, and was bought by the Turner Prize-winning artist Damien Hirst in 2005.

The present day village has many thriving societies and clubs, most of which meet in the award winning village hall. Details can be found on the village hall website in the local information.

The active Parish Council has five members, who are dedicated to maintaining the natural beauty of the Parish, having input on planning development, affordable housing, planning for emergencies and self-help, highway and traffic matters etc. We welcome comments and input from members of the parish at our regular parish meetings and are available at other times via the contact details.

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