RESIDENTS raised concerns over proposals to build 2,500 homes in Chesterton by 2031 at a public consultation at the Ashcroft Centre in Cirencester last week.

Architects John Thompson & Partners (JTP) will draw up plans for the development, which includes a new school and community facilities.

The JTP team gave the audience an update on the project, including details such as the density of the proposed houses, and were challenged several times by residents.

They included Park Ward Community Group member Tony Curry, who said he wanted CDC to present a clear plan of how it would ensure the infrastructure of the town could cope with the new development.

After the meeting split into working groups, many groups said they felt they could not trust that their ideas would be delivered after being let down by developers in the town in the past.

Charles Campion, a partner at JTP, said the development would be planned around what the community want.

Planning proposals for the Chesterton site are expected to be submitted around Christmas 2014.