A new Local Plan is being prepared for the area covered by Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury borough councils. Called the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) it has taken several years to assemble and it is now inching closer to its final stage. When the latest draft of the Plan was examined by the Government’s Planning Inspector last year she said that it didn’t identify enough land for new homes across the three boroughs, and she demanded that sites be found for around 5,000 additional homes, on top of the land for 30,000 homes that is already set out in the Plan.
To partly meet this challenge the JCS team has proposed that a large site to the west of Cheltenham (close to the GCHQ building) be zoned for around 1,100 new homes, and a site at Twigworth should accommodate a further 995 homes. In the long term it is hoped the MoD’s huge Ashchurch site will become available for new housing, to fill the shortfall.
Local residents have until 10 April to submit their views on these new sites. There are several other modifications proposed to the Plan – for example some of Tewkesbury’s larger villages will have to expand a little to accommodate new homes, and there are some adjustments proposed to the Green Belt. No new modifications are proposed that will specifically impact on our parish (though the original Plan does include the 1,500 home Perrybrook development at Brockworth, on land alongside the A417).
Once people have submitted their views the Inspector will review everything and prepare her final report and recommendations in the summer. The target is to get the Local Plan fully adopted by the end of this year.
This website has all the information you need – so you can read the original draft Plan, and the website includes a section that sets out the main proposed modifications. You can also lodge your comments on the plan here too www.gct-jcs.org