The Steadings


Following outline planning permission for creation of The Steadings – a new and inspired neighbourhood drawing upon the rich heritage of Cirencester and the Cotswolds, we want to share our plans for the first phase of the development with you.


Working in partnership with Bathurst Development Limited, HarperCrewe is inviting those in the local area to a public consultation to find out more about the first phase at The Steadings, and would like to hear your thoughts and feedback prior to the submission of the planning application.


While these plans would usually be shared in person, to keep everyone’s safety a priority – and in line with the latest Government guidelines – the public consultation is being held virtually and will be online until Monday 12th October.


You will find all of the information and be able to share your comments with us for this first phase of The Steadings by visiting


For those that live closest to the proposed development, and feel a discussion would be beneficial, we can arrange a virtual meeting with members of the team. Simply visit the public consultation website and email us using the provided link in the ‘Contact Us’ section to let us know you would like to speak to the team.


We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Bathurst Development Limited (BDL) is delighted to announce Harper Crewe as Joint Development Partner for the first phase of The Steadings (formerly known as Land at Chesterton) and Ben Pentreath as lead Architect working in conjunction with Master Planning Architects JTP.

The appointment of Harper Crewe and Ben Pentreath followed an extensive selection process after Cotswold District Council granted outline planning permission in the Spring of 2019. Harper Crewe has proven that it shares BDL’s vision for a sustainable, welcoming and attractive new neighbourhood for Cirencester that future generations will wish to live in, enjoy and be proud of.

Ben Pentreath is regarded as one of the foremost architects working on high quality legacy developments across the United Kingdom. The team assembled by Harper Crewe have a wealth of experience and include Fabrik who will lead on Landscape Architecture alongside Andrew Cameron & Associates for Urban and Highway design. BDL will retain the existing core professional team who have taken the project through the planning process.

Phase 1A located between Somerford Road and Wilkinson Road will comprise approximately 75 homes of which 15 will be affordable. BDL will consult in the late Spring/early Summer to publicise its joint vision for the first phase and hopes to agree detailed reserved planning matters with Cotswold District Council so that on-site construction work can commence in early 2021. BDL will seek to appoint further development partners in respect of the main Steadings site during 2020.

In addition to on-site facilities BDL intends to create a marketing suite for the development close to the offices of the Bathurst Estate in order that people living and working in Cirencester can easily call in and discuss the scheme should they wish.


Bathurst Development Ltd are undertaking further work to refine the Design Codes whilst also carrying out detailed appraisals of the infrastructure required. This work will also inform the phasing of the scheme.

It is anticipated that work on the first phase of housing will commence on site during 2021.

Bathurst Development Limited (BDL) are pleased to announce the launch of the new name, branding and website for the development site formerly known as Chesterton. With the issuing of the planning consent the development is now progressing into the detailed planning application and delivery stages.

‘The Steadings’ name and branding reflects BDL’s aspirations to deliver a new high quality, sustainable and well-integrated neighbourhood that will be attractive to all new and existing residents. We believe The Steadings name celebrates the large green swathes of open space throughout the scheme, whilst recognising the sites’ agricultural heritage and the important role the listed farm buildings will play at the heart of the scheme.

Planning Consent was granted in April 2019 and a copy of the planning consent and S106 agreements can be downloaded from the Details page. There are a number of pre-commencement conditions – works that must be completed before any work starts on site and we hope to have begun these works by the end of 2019.

Construction of the development will be phased and enabling work on site is likely to begin in Autumn 2020. Detailed Reserved Matters applications will have to be submitted to Cotswold District Council for approval before the phases can be built out.

We hosted an event where the emerging Design Codes were discussed on the 11th April, where the framework for future design for Land South of Chesterton was discussed.

Cotswold District Council formally adopted their Local Plan 2011 – 2031, incorporating all of the Inspector’s recommendations on the 3rd August 2018.

In order to assist the delivery of the District’s requirements to 2031, the Plan proposes mixed use development of a strategic scale to the south of Chesterton, Cirencester.

On the 13th March 2018 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid MP decided not to call in the application. The Secretary of State released the below letter:

The Secretary of State has carefully considered the case against call-in policy, as set out in the Written Ministerial Statement by Nick Boles on 26 October 2012. The policy makes it clear that the power to call in a case will only be used very selectively.

The Government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues, and believes planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible.

In deciding whether to call in the application, the Secretary of State has considered his policy on calling in planning applications. This policy gives examples of the types of issues which may lead him to conclude, in his opinion that applications should be called in. The Secretary of State has decided, having had regard to this policy, not to call in the application. He is content that the application should be determined by the local planning authority.

On 16th January 2018 Cotswold District Council resolved to grant planning permission for the Chesterton Cirencester development. Following the decision BDL has released the below statement:

“This is an important day for the project both in terms of the Local Plan inspector’s letter and the Council’s decision, both of which are welcome. Whilst both confirm the principle of development on the site, there are significant further measures that still need to be undertaken before a planning consent can be issued – not least, the signing of the S106 legal agreement which could take up to six months.

The application was submitted over 2 years ago, it has been subject to an unprecedented level of scrutiny from a multitude of technical consultees, members of the public, officers and elected councillors and was debated for over 13 hours in total at two separate dedicated meetings of the whole Council.

The Council’s decision today brings us a significant step closer to delivering a sensitively designed expansion of the town through a complementary, integrated new neighbourhood that helps deliver both new housing and new jobs in a hugely attractive and green environment and unlocks £100 million worth of investment in new infrastructure.

We remain committed to engaging with the local community and all relevant stakeholders over the coming months as we begin to consult on the Design Codes for the site and to deliver the very best scheme possible.”