PROMOTING high architectural and planning standards



Cheltenham Civic Society is a voluntary organisation that was specifically set up to care for Cheltenham. We have more than 300 members and a history of nearly 70 years of promoting high design standards, protecting our built environment and educating on the town’s heritage.

In this website you will find a wealth of information ranging from news of our current activities to accounts of some of our many achievements, archives of our minutes and newsletters, and records of commemorative plaques and civic awards.

Please explore, learn and enjoy!

News – Cambray Riverside

Following consultation with CBC’s officers, the Environment Agency and the residents/leaseholders of Cambray Court, the Civic Society’s alternative plans for Cambray Riverside have now been submitted as a planning appplication.

The Society’s scheme would create a riverside walk on the Rodney Road car park side of the River Chelt and a private garden for the apartment block’s residents on the Cambray side. The aim of the Society’s scheme is to demonstrate that the property owner/freeholder of the block could deliver a much more imaginative and attractive scheme that would also be significantly cheaper for the leaseholders/residents.

Click here to read our explanatory letter/leaflet to the residents.

Click here to read what the Gloucestershire Echo said about our scheme.

Our latest news

Report Cheltenham ‘Grot spots’ here

The Society’s Successful Streets Group has created an easy way to report problems to us online.

Tell us about the problems you spot on our streets – anything from general ‘grot spots’ to roads, pavements, infills, abandoned signs, bins, empty shop fronts, etc. Please add a photo to make the problem easier to identify.

We’ll then put the issue in front of Cheltenham Borough Council or Gloucestershire County Council (whichever is relevant) and regularly follow up their progress with sorting the problems out.

Agora Group

The Society’s Agora Group is working closely with both Cheltenham Borough Council and Cheltenham BID to support appropriate changes of use and to encourage investors and landlords to do more to improve the look of any vacant properties. More details on this work can be found on the Agora Group page.

Successful Streets Group

Fed up with getting nowhere with its previous attempts to draw attention to the poor condition of the public realm in our High Street, the Civic Society’s Successful Streets Group (SSG) is now upping the ante.

SSG sees little point in updating its three-year-old list of 253 issues of concern such as broken paving, grubby bins, cluttered signage and street furniture only to see few – if any – improvements.