Public encouraged to have their say on changes to Joint Core Strategy

Published on 2nd March 2017

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Members of the public are invited to have their say on changes to the draft Joint Core Strategy.

The Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy (JCS) is now at the stage of main modifications, and is out for public consultation until the end of the day on Monday, 10 April 2017.

The new version of the strategy includes proposed land at Twigworth for 995 houses and the removal of the site at MoD Ashchurch, following an announcement by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in October 2016 that it would need a significant portion of the land for at least 10 years.

It also includes plans for a site at West Cheltenham to support 45 hectares of employment land for jobs in cyber security and related high technology industries and 1,100 new homes. In addition, an allocation of 620 homes at Winnycroft in Gloucester is identified as an urban extension to the city.

Councillor Steve Jordan, leader of Cheltenham Borough Council and speaking on behalf of the three councils said: “The Joint Core Strategy is very important for all three councils, developing a plan that works for us all.  I would urge people to make sure they express their views through this consultation, which may be the last public consultation on this plan, so that they can be sent to the Inspector for her to consider in full.”

All comments received by the deadline will be forwarded to the JCS Inspector and further hearings are scheduled for the summer (dates to be confirmed) to discuss these changes.

To access the consultation and supporting information, please visit

Hard copies have also been made available at all three council receptions and all local libraries.  A full list of locations is available on the website.

In addition, the Joint Core Strategy team is holding public open events at the following locations (reflecting the new sites which are part of the main modifications) where officers will be available to answer your questions.

Date / Time


Tuesday 7 March

Open 1pm – Close 5pm

Gloucester City Council Offices – Reception

Herbert Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EQ

Saturday 11 March

Open 10am – Close 3pm

Cheltenham Regents Arcade, High Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1JZ – (joint event with the Cheltenham Local Plan Consultation)

Monday 13 March

Open 3pm – Close 7pm

Norton Village Hall, Norton, GL2 9LI

Tuesday 14 March

Open 3pm – Close 7pm

Hesters Way Community Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham, GL51 7SU (1st Floor) (joint event with the Cheltenham Local Plan Consultation)

Monday 20 March

Open 3pm – Close 7pm

Tewkesbury Town Hall, High Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5AL


To make a comment, please  go online and use the dedicated and easy to use consultation portal.  Alternatively you may complete a response form (download from the website or pick up at the locations set out above) and e-mail to or post to Joint Core Strategy Team, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 9SA or hand in at your council office.