Neighbourhood plans in Cheltenham

Neighbourhood plans allow local people to come together to decide how they want their area to develop. Once finalised and adopted by the council, a neighbourhood plan will become the starting point for determining planning applications in that area.

To be adopted by the council, neighbourhood plans must:

  1. be in general conformity with the development strategy and policies set out in our existing local plans
  2. undergo an examination
  3. get a minimum of 50% approval from residents in a local referendum

We have produced a toolkit to help groups who wish to set up neighbourhood forums in areas which do not have a parish. The toolkit should be seen as a starting point and the potential forum should discuss their ideas with Cheltenham borough planning officers at an early stage.

Current applications

There are currently no applications for the designation of Neighbourhood Forums or Neighbourhood Areas.

As requested by the Leckhampton with Warden Hill neighbourhood area, in November 2022 the Council published its opinion on whether further environmental assessment was required. Visit the Leckhampton with Warden Hill neighbourhood area page to find out more.