Joint Core Strategy (housing)

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The final version of a major development plan for Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough was be submitted to the government on 20 November 2014. The plan is called the Joint Core Strategy and it sets out the large sites for future housing and economic growth – as well as the need for associated infrastructure, such as roads, schools and transport.

It has been put together by Cheltenham Borough, Tewkesbury Borough and Gloucester City councils and once adopted it will form the basis for planning decisions across the area until 2031. Since the process of developing the Joint Core Strategy started in 2008, there have been four periods of major public consultation, which were held in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013/2014.

The submission to government follows the publication of the Pre Submission JCS between June and August 2014. Around 3,000 representations were submitted in response to the publication of this final version of the plan. After careful review of the representations, the published version of the JCS is considered ‘sound’ and only minor changes required will be incorporated before it is submitted. As well as putting forward sites that are able to meet the area's identified future housing and employment need, the 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 to develop one, the three councils have recognised that planning issues go beyond administrative boundaries, which is in line with the ‘duty to co-operate’ placed on councils by the government. The JCS has also been established using a range of evidence, is based on local statistical information and is in line with national planning policy guidance set by the government.

The area between Leckhampton and Hatherly (map) is targetted for housing development. It would be a mixed blessing for the local church.