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

The Cheltenham Plan is being delivered into two distinct parts; part one is being delivered ahead of part two. Each part will comprise distinct planning topics, which include:

  • Part one: An economy strategy and policies; local green space designations and policies; the allocation of future development sites in the town
  • Part two: Heritage and conservation areas, retailing, urban green environment, natural environment, culture and recreation, housing standards and countryside policies

Public consultations

We are currently consulting on the 'Cheltenham Plan (Part One) Preferred Options' document and further details can be found on our online consultation system. This consultation opened on Monday 6 February and closes at 5pm on Monday 20 March 2017. Download the guide to the consultation system for details on how to comment using the system.

Please note that our consultation system will be unavailable on Saturday 11 March from 7pm for no more than a few hours. This is to allow for essential maintenance. We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience.

We will be holding several public events where planning officers will be available to discuss this consultation further, these will be held at:

  • Leckhampton Village Hall on Thursday 16 February between 3pm-7pm
  • Oakley Resource Centre on Monday 20 February between 3pm-7pm
  • Prestbury Library on Tuesday 7 March between 3pm-7pm
  • Regents Arcade on Saturday 11 March between 10am-3pm
  • Hesters Way Community Resource Centre on Tuesday 14 March between 3pm-7pm

We have previously carried out two 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 Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy (JCS) which will provide the strategic planning framework for the area. The exact content of the JCS is yet to be agreed, however it is likely to cover the 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.