Current measures and future plans
Our overarching recovery strategy sets out our proposal for a ‘Local New Deal’ for Cheltenham.
Statement from Cllr Steve Jordan, leader of Cheltenham Borough Council.
''I’m delighted that the council has committed to this bold and robust strategy to lead Cheltenham’s economic and community recovery. It will provide a clear road-map to deliver our key five priorities including a renewed commitment to becoming a net zero carbon council and borough by 2030 and continuing our progress to make Cheltenham the Cyber Capital of the UK as part of the overarching Golden Valley development, which will bring sustainable infrastructure, housing and employment opportunities.
‘’During the extraordinary changes and uncertainty of Covid-19, our council has already worked rapidly in many ways including launching a £1.12m innovative discretionary business grant payments scheme, relaxing planning regulations to support business and paying grants £75k to 37 voluntary and charitable organisations.
‘’My thanks goes to all who developed and provided invaluable feedback for the strategy and I look forward to seeing our partnerships thrive across the voluntary, community, public, culture and business sectors and accelerate our ambitions, as we work together to lead recovery efforts from the impact of Covid-19.
‘’I’m very proud to have witnessed the strength and resilience of our town and I firmly believe we have the people, skills and local solutions to deliver a recovery that won’t just repair the damage, but will deliver renewal, improve and strengthen sustainable communities for the future. We are awaiting details of the latest government statement on financial support for councils, which I hope will allow us to play our full part in the recovery we all wish to see.’’
To support licensed businesses with Covid-19 recovery, we have drawn up a licensing and business recovery plan.
To aid with recovery, our planning team have announced that temporary structures/buildings will be allowed to be placed on land without planning permission for up-to 6 months.
As part of Cheltenham’s COVID-19 economic recovery strategy, we ran a survey to understand how local businesses have been impacted, and what we can do as a local authority to assist.
The results of this survey have now been published on the 'We're moving to Cheltenham' website.