Published on 10th February 2012

People giving feedback at a Joint Core Strategy exhibition in Regent Arcade

Members of the public only have a few more days to have their say on the future development of Tewkesbury Borough, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

The consultation document, called Developing the Preferred Option, will help to inform a Joint Core Strategy (JCS), which is a partnership between Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough councils. The consultation started on 13 December and will end on Sunday, 12 February.

Steve Jordan, Chair of the Joint Core Strategy Member Steering Group, said: “This is an important consultation which affects everyone who lives and works in the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury Borough area. The consultation comes to a close on Sunday, but we want to remind people that there's still time to tell us what they think about future development. We've had a great response so far and we'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to give us their views.”

The Joint Core Strategy will set out the three councils’ long-term approach to new development, climate change and the environment up to 2031.

The consultation document looks at the potential number of homes and amount of land for employment use that will need to be provided across the area for the next 20 years, as well as those areas that should be protected and enhanced. The document, which is based on a wide range of evidence, sets out different scenarios through which this may be achieved.

There have been a wide range of well attended exhibitions, presentations and seminars throughout the consultation period, and there will continue to be summary leaflets available at libraries in each area and at each of the council offices until the consultation ends.

The councils recognise that there will be many opinions about how the areas can be shaped in the future and the purpose of the consultation document is to find out what those opinions are.

Everyone is invited to have their say on the consultation document until Sunday, 12 February – comments can be made on a wide range of issues, including the potential locations, the evidence used to produce the proposed housing requirements or on the document itself.

For more information about the consultation and how to submit your comments please visit our website. You can also find the JCS on Facebook and Twitter.