Give us your views – consultation opens for the Cheltenham Plan

Published on 12th February 2018


Public consultation open from 12 February to 9 April 2018

Residents and local businesses are asked to give their views on the Cheltenham Plan in an eight week public consultation starting this month.

The plan will help to guide development in the borough up to 2031, and will be used in making decisions on planning applications and is a key part of ‘place shaping’ Cheltenham.

The community and stakeholders have been engaged throughout all the preparation stages and the plan which has emerged reflects their aspirations wherever possible, whilst also working to the requirements set by national legislation and guidance and the Joint Core Strategy (JCS).

Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety said: “I would strongly encourage residents and businesses to give us their comments on the Cheltenham Plan. I’d also like to thank those who have already engaged with us – your views are valuable in understanding what is important for Cheltenham.”

The document will be available to view online on the council’s website and at libraries, resource centres and the Council offices. Furthermore a number of drop-in events will take place providing an opportunity to discuss the consultation with officers:

  • Hester’s Way Community Resource Centre, Monday 5 March, 15:00 to 19:00
  • United Reformed Church Centre, Salisbury Avenue, Warden Hill, Wednesday 7 March, 15:00 to 19:00
  • Oakley Community Resource Centre, Monday 12 March, 14:00 to 18:00
  • Regent Arcade, Saturday 24 March, 11:00 to 15:00

For media enquiries, contact: Jemima Lawson, communications officer, telephone 01242 775 050, email


All local authorities are under a statutory obligation to prepare a development plan. Cheltenham Borough Council has chosen to do this through the preparation of two development plan documents; the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and the Cheltenham Plan. Together the two plans will provide the planning framework for the borough until 2031 along with Gloucestershire minerals and waste plans and any neighbourhood plans made.

The guiding principles for Cheltenham Plan production have taken account of the need for clarity and brevity. In this respect, the plan avoids duplication with the JCS as much as possible, especially in terms of background information and scene setting. Whilst an amount of background information remains necessary to help justify the policy response, much of this is advanced though background papers and topic papers.

What has happened previously?

  • Work on the preparation of the Cheltenham Plan began in 2012.
  • The Joint Core Strategy has been undertaken with Gloucester City and Tewkesbury Borough Councils, which sets out the higher level strategic policies for the area. This was adopted in December 2017. This consultation is not on the Joint Core Strategy, but the Cheltenham Plan is related to the Joint Core Strategy.
  • The results of the previous consultations detailed below have helped the Council to ‘narrow down’ the alternatives available in meeting the Plan’s strategy.
  • There have been three previous public consultations of the Cheltenham Plan at different stages of development, which have fed into the development of the plan.

Next steps

All representations received will be submitted to the Secretary of State and considered as part of a public examination by an independent planning inspector. The inspector will assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the duty to cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether the plan is sound.

Please note that copies of all representations will be made available for the public to view (including names and addresses), and therefore cannot be treated as confidential.