Cheltenham Borough Council's Golden Valley Development has been shortlisted for a national award, which recognises the very best practice from every part of the government.
The £1 billion project, which is estimated to create approximately 12,000 new jobs, 3,700 new homes and 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space, as well as a National Cyber Innovation Centre at the heart of a 150,000 square foot campus for cyber and digital technologies, has been nominated for the Economic Benefit category of the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.
The award aims to highlight projects that provide long-term economic recovery and recognise the councils that have a major role in doing so.
Councillor Mike Collins, cabinet member for cyber, regeneration and commercial income, said: 'The LGC might not be well-known to people in the private sector, but it’s like the local government Oscars! Just being shortlisted is amazing. All eyes are on Cheltenham and the fantastic work being done to ensure the future prosperity of the town and that the CyberTech industry continues to thrive here.
'The Golden Valley Development is nationally significant and is a huge collaboration with the Joint Core Strategy, Tewkesbury Borough Council, GFirst LEP and, of course, our development partners HBDxFactory to name but a few. It has cross-party support and will have a tremendous impact for people and businesses across Gloucestershire and the south west.'
LGC editor, Sarah Calkin, said: 'The LGC awards seek to recognise and celebrate the absolute best in local government and, as this year’s shortlist shows, there is no shortage of new ideas and fresh thinking across the whole host of council services.
'From tackling homelessness and supporting our most vulnerable children, to helping local businesses succeed and leading their places towards a net zero future, council staff up and down the country are constantly seeking to improve despite challenging circumstances.'
The eight finalists in this category are required to present to the judges in April 2023 before they make their final decision - and the winners of the LGC Awards will then be announced on Thursday 8 June 2023 in London.