Cavendish House in Cheltenham is given back to the community — for now

It's the most asked question in Cheltenham — what does the future hold for Cavendish House? SoGlos speaks exclusively to owners Canada Life Asset Management to find out.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Cavendish House in Cheltenham is being put back into use, in the short term, for the benefit of the local community.

Since House of Fraser left Cheltenham and Cavendish House closed its doors earlier this month, speculation has grown on its future.

As a huge focal point for the town centre, the 236,944 sq ft building has been at the heart of Cheltenham's shopping district since it opened in 1823.

While organisations such as Cheltenham Civic Society have plenty of ideas for a transformation of the site, ultimately the owner of the building will decide the course of its future, subject to planning approval from Cheltenham Borough Council

And while the long-term future of Cavendish House is still being discussed, short term plans for the site on The Promenade aren't far away.

Building owner Canada Life Asset Management says it appreciates the significant interest in the future for the site.

A spokesperson said: 'While we are not able to provide details on the specifics for the future plans for Cavendish House, or timescales at the current time, we are able to confirm we are in advanced discussions with an interim occupier to put the building back into use in the short term for the benefit of the local community.'

Many visitors to the town centre will be relieved to hear the building won't be left empty and unused for long.

Plenty of SoGlos readers have longer term hopes for an indoor market and plans for part of the building to be turned into housing have already been mooted.

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