Temporary structure guidance

In most circumstances, new buildings on private land and in Cheltenham’s award winning parks and gardens (where businesses already operate from these spaces) need planning permission. Covid-19 has presented a wide range of challenges to the safe and ongoing operation of many business and organisations in our town. One issue that has become clear is the need, in some instances, for more physical space to accommodate social distancing and safe operations. For some, temporary structures/buildings (for example porta cabins, portable buildings, portable welfare  blocks, covered areas) may provide a solution to this issue on a temporary basis.

Given the current COVID-19 circumstances, Cheltenham Borough Council will now allow temporary structures/buildings to be placed on land without planning permission for up-to 6 months (initially) in certain circumstances to ensure the successful running of existing businesses and organisations in the town, whilst adhering to the governments COVID-19 guidance. This is a proactive approach to enforcement of planning controls and not a planning permission. This will not apply to residential properties.

To take advantage of this initiative, businesses and organisations will need to make a request to the council, and council officers will undertake a brief assessment of the request. This guidance document provides you with all the information you need, including a list of the information you need to provide to us to enable an assessment of your idea for a temporary structure.

Structures on the highway/public realm are subject to different guidance being developed by our licencing team.