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Cotswold plans would see 4,000 new homes built by 2031

Up to 2,500 new homes could built to the south of Cirencester under plans produced by Cotswold District Council.

The proposal is part of the new local plan, which sets out the area's housing requirements until 2031.

Cirencester, as the area's biggest town, is to take the largest of the proposed developments at Chesterton.

In total, some 4,000 new homes are planned for the district. A consultation on the plans is open to the public until 19 July.

"The problem we face is allocating where the new homes should go and our strategy is always to go for the most sustainable site," said Councillor Nick Parsons, cabinet member responsible for the local plan.

"Cirencester must take the largest share as it's the biggest town."

Mr Parsons said the council was still "working out the amount of social/affordable housing required" and was working with other local authorities in the county on a strategic housing market assessment.

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