The Joint Core Strategy (JCS) is a partnership between Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council, supported by Gloucestershire County Council.

The JCS plan was adopted by all three councils in December 2017.

The JCS was formed to produce a co-ordinated strategic development plan for the area, and will plan how the area will develop during the period up to 2031.

The JCS sets out the approach that the councils will take to:

  • protect and enhance the natural and historic environment
  • deal with climate change
  • set out policies for the location and timing of new housing and employment development, key infrastructure, community, leisure and tourism facilities