Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

What has happened so far?

1.9 This is the final stage in the preparation of the Gloucester City Plan (GCP) before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. The GCP has been prepared over several years and in different stages. At each stage, there has been engagement with the community and stakeholders on what the content of the GCP should be and to generate comments and debate on draft proposal as they emerge. The process to date has been as follows:

  • Scope - 2011: This consultation set out the context for the plan and the key issues for Gloucester. It sought views on the types of planning policies that the GCP should contain and the areas that should be identified for development or protection.
  • Part 1 - 2012: This stage of the plan took the scope further, providing further detail of the issues that Gloucester faces and setting out a number of 'key principles' that should be taken forward through the GCP.
  • Part 2 - 2013: This stage of the plan focused on the development needs of the city and considered potential site allocations.
  • Draft Plan - 2017: This stage of the plan pulled the previous stages of the plan together, drawing on the outcomes of the different consultations to set out a range of proposed site allocations and detailed policies.

1.10 The City Council is now consulting on the final stage of the GCP, known as 'Pre-Submission'. This is under Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2015. Between the Draft Plan and Pre-Submission version, changes have been made to reflect:

  • Consultation responses;
  • Changes made to the Adopted Joint Core Strategy through the examination process;
  • Changes made by the Government to the National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance; and
  • New evidence and new City Council strategies.

1.11 Taken together, these changes have created a much more succinct plan and the number of policies has therefore reduced quite substantially. Policies relating to retail and city/town centres have been removed as they are now addressed through the Adopted Joint Core Strategy and are being taken forward as part of the Review.