Have your say on the plan for Cheltenham’s future

Published on 8th July 2013

view of Cheltenham town from Leckhampton Hill

The Cheltenham Plan will help to guide development of the borough over the next 15 to 20 years.

It will be used in making decisions on planning applications and will be a key part of ‘place shaping’ Cheltenham. The council wants to hear your views on what should be included within the plan.

The Cheltenham Plan will complement the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) by effectively ‘filling in the details’. It will not, for instance, decide on the level of growth that should take place in the borough, or where major ‘strategic’ developments should take place - that will be set out in the JCS. The Cheltenham plan will be a more locally-focused document dealing with Cheltenham-specific issues such as supporting the work of the Cheltenham Development Task Force and protecting and conserving the town’s built heritage and recognising the importance of our parks and gardens. 

If you live or work in Cheltenham it’s important to have your say on what you want the plan to cover as it’s likely to have an impact on the environment around you in the years to come. From the economy and employment, climate change, housing, transport to the local infrastructure – the Cheltenham Plan will help shape the development of the borough.

Tracey Crews, Head of Planning, said: “Planning is often as much about what doesn’t get built as what does. And it’s also about making sure we stay competitive, inclusive and sustainable in economic, environmental and social terms. It’s important therefore that we try to get the balance right between what can often seem to be conflicting or competing objectives. That’s a core function of our development plan.”

Councillor Steve Jordan, Leader of the Council, added: “We’re asking all those that have an interest in Cheltenham to give us their views on what they want the plan to cover. As it is a development plan it does have a very specific remit and it’s vital that members of the public have the opportunity to engage with us in shaping it right from the start.”

The consultation starts today and runs for 8 weeks. To read the consultation documents and have your say simply fill in the questionnaire on our website. You can also pick up a copy of the questionnaire in your local library and post it back to us at: Planning Policy Team, Cheltenham Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 9SA.

Your comments on the proposed scope of the Cheltenham Plan will be considered by officers and a response report will be provided on the council’s website, at the council offices and at Libraries around the town. The comments will be used to inform the preparation of the draft Cheltenham Plan, which will form the second stage of the consultation next Spring.

If you have any queries please call a member of the Planning Policy Team on 01242 264328.

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154 or email kelly.carter@www.cheltenham.gov.uk.

The council is very keen to bring forward the Cheltenham Plan as soon as possible. One reason for this is that the amount of weight that can be attributed to Cheltenham Borough Local Plan Adopted 2006 (saved policies) and associated Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs)/Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and Development Briefs varies and, in the most part, will diminish over time. It is therefore essential to produce a new, up to date, NPPF compliant plan based on objectively assessed evidence to ensure that development within Cheltenham is ‘plan-led’ rather than ‘appeal-led’.