Work has begun on a new plan for Cheltenham. The Cheltenham Plan will be a new planning document which will guide development in the local area and will be used in combination with the Joint Core Strategy for Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury (JCS).

Public consultations

We have previously carried out three public consultations on the Cheltenham Plan to date.

Why produce the Cheltenham Plan?

The Localism Act and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) have brought about major changes to the planning system and reintroduced the term ‘Local Plan’. The NPPF states that each local planning authority (LPA) should produce a Local Plan for its area, based upon the presumption in favour of sustainable development, with clear policies that will guide how the presumption should be applied. The current planning policies for Cheltenham are contained in the Cheltenham Borough Local Plan Second Review. In future this will be replaced by two main policy documents: the Joint Core Strategy and the Cheltenham Plan.

Cheltenham’s existing policies

Cheltenham Borough Local Plan Adopted 2006 (saved policies) and associated supplementary planning guidance (SPGs)/supplementary planning documents (SPDs) and development briefs. Whilst existing saved policies and SPGs/SPDs remain the starting point for decision making, the amount of weight that these policies have will vary and, in the most part, will reduce over time. We must produce new, up-to-date plans based on objectively assessed evidence to make sure that development in Cheltenham is ‘plan-led’ rather than ‘appeal-led’.

Joint Core Strategy (JCS)

Work is ongoing on the JCS which will provide the strategic planning framework for the area. The JCS will cover strategic housing (including gypsy and travellers), employment and infrastructure requirements across the JCS area. A new Cheltenham Plan will be able to address the more detailed local policies, non-strategic allocations, local infrastructure issues and development management policies relevant to Cheltenham.