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Planning permission given for 'Pittville Project' learning centre

West Drive, Pittville, Cheltenham Image copyright Google
Image caption The Pittville Project aims to provide a safe and supported environment

Plans to build specialist accommodation in Cheltenham for people with disabilities have been given the go-ahead by town planners.

The development on land in West Drive, Pittville, will provide homes for 24 people as well as a learning and activity space.

Work on the site is due to begin this spring with the buildings due to open by summer 2015.

The National Star Foundation has already raised £3.2m of the £6m cost.

Spokesman David Ellis said the charity worked with people with "multiple and complex disabilities".

"The Pittville Project will provide a safe and supported environment to practice and develop essential skills to help prepare for their future adult lives.

"This facility will enable young people and adults with disabilities to be embraced as part of their community," he added.

The new building will replace National Star's existing Cheltenham accommodation at Overton Road which is said to be "outdated and expensive to maintain".

The National Star Foundation is part of the National Star College.

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