Consultation on draft plan for future housing and employment growth set to start

Published on 14th October 2013

People at the Joint Core Strategy consultation exhibition in Regent Arcade

Members of the public are being invited to give their views on a document that outlines where future housing and employment sites will be located in Gloucester city, and Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.

This document is the Joint Core Strategy and is being developed by Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham and Tewkesbury borough councils to guide housing and employment development up to 2031.

It follows decisions by members at the three councils to approve the Draft Joint Core Strategy (Draft JCS) to go to public consultation between 15 October and 26 November.

The public will be able to have their say at a range of events being held across the three areas, where officers from the Joint Core Strategy team will be able to address questions or concerns.

As well as putting forward sites that are able to meet the area's identified future housing and employment need, the Draft JCS sets out a long-term vision for the area together with policies relating to important issues such as flooding, green belt and affordable housing.

All councils are legally required to have a development plan and by working together the three councils recognise that planning issues go beyond administrative boundaries, in line with a duty to co-operate placed on all councils by the government.

The Draft JCS has been established using a range of evidence, including local statistical information and is in line with national planning policy guidance set by the government.

Tewkesbury Borough Council's Lead Member for Built Environment Cllr Derek Davies said: "We are now inviting members of the public to let us know what they think of our preferred plan for future development. It is important that we get a strategy in place because it will ensure growth takes place in a planned way; protecting and enhancing our green areas and areas of landscape, while meeting our long-term development needs. Without a plan we are putting ourselves at high risk of ad-hoc development occurring, which we will not be able to control."

Cheltenham Borough Council's Chief Executive Andrew North said: "It is really important that we go out to consultation on a sound document and I am pleased all three councils have given approval to this consultation. It is vital we hear the views of the public and we take account of comments as we develop the final document for statutory consultation next year and submission to the secretary of state."

Gloucester City Council's Leader and Cabinet Member for regeneration Paul James said: ""We are really keen to hear everyone's views and we are holding a series of events as part of this consultation. We encourage members of the public to come along and express their views and discuss any issues, and our officers will be on hand at all events to help with any queries."

The easiest way to comment on the Draft Joint Core Strategy is online at the Joint Core Strategy website, www.gct-jcs.org. The online consultation software allows members of their public to give their views on the whole document, including the number of homes and the sites being suggested for development. There is also the opportunity to comment directly underneath the specific policies within the Draft JCS.

Hard copies of the document will also be available  to view  in public libraries and the council offices, and comments can be sent into Joint Core Strategy, Cheltenham Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Chelt, GL50 9SA or email to info@gct-jcs.org.


For more information, please visit www.gct-jcs.org.


Consultation events
Ashchurch Village Hall
Thurs 17 Oct 6 - 8.30pm
Leckhampton Village Hall Sat 19 Oct
2.30 - 5pm
Bishop’s Cleeve Primary School Mon 21 Oct
6 - 8.30pm
Innsworth Community Hall 
Tues 22 Oct
6 - 8.30pm
Shurdington Social Centre
Thurs 24 Oct
6 - 8.30pm
Cheltenham Regent Arcade Fri 25 Oct 12.30 - 3pm
Winchcombe Abbey Fields Community Centre
Wed 30 Oct 6 - 8:30pm
Cheltenham Civil Service Club Uckington
Mon 4 Nov 6 - 8:30pm
Brockworth Community Centre Thurs 7 Nov 5:30 - 8pm
Gloucester Eastgate Shopping Centre Fri 8 Nov 12.30 - 3pm
Churchdown GL3 Community Hub Sat 9 Nov 12.30 - 3pm
Tewkesbury Town Hall Tues 12 Nov
12.30 - 3pm
Apperley Village Hall Wed 13 Nov 6 - 8.30pm
Alderton Parish Hall Thurs 14 Nov 6 - 8.30pm