Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

Introduction and context

3.2.1 Gloucester has a strong a strong, diverse and growing economy, being the main economic driver in Gloucestershire, along with Cheltenham. Overall, the Gloucester economy supports 68,000 jobs and 3,425 businesses. Key sectors include manufacturing, energy, finance and insurance services and overall, the City has high rates of economic participation. Evidence shows that the city has a good range of different types of employment sites, supporting a diverse economy and with high occupancy rates.

3.2.2 Limited land supply within the administrative area of the City Council means that the strategic growth must take place in neighbouring authorities and the City Council must work with those authorities in realizing growth aspirations. The JCS provided an employment strategy for the JCS and strategic land release at urban extensions, aligned with the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). It is important that the city protects existing employment land and buildings for the benefit of existing and future business, including small and medium size business (SMEs) and 'start-ups', and that opportunities are taken to support business growth and the attractiveness of employment stock.

3.2.3 That said, the GCP plays its part in allocating sites for additional employment land, in whole or in part, at the following locations; SA07 Lynton Fields (Land East of Waterwells Business Park); SA08 King's Quarter; SA09 Quayside House; SA17 Land South of Triangle Park; SA21 Part of West Quay, The Docks; and SA22 Land adjacent to Secunda Way Industrial Estate. Further information is available in Section 4 of this plan - Site allocations.

3.2.4 At the same it is important to support the economic potential of tourism and cultural development. For this reason, the GCP supports proposals to make better use of key assets including the Docks and Canal and develop with tourist and cultural base.

3.2.5 These policies link with several key principles, but particularly (7) 'Encourage and facilitate inward and home-grown investment, attract innovative growth sectors, create high and stable levels of economic growth and increase jobs and skills opportunities' and (4) 'Build on existing strengths to create a distinctive, diverse and innovative cultural, arts, tourism and sporting offer.'

3.2.6 The JCS provides retail and city centre policies for the city at Policy SD2. However, this policy is subject to an immediate review. The review will cover, amongst other things, a revised assessment of retail floorspace needs and a strategy for each of the designed centres. It covers all designed 'town centres', i.e. the city / town centres, district centres and local centres. Further information is available on the JCS website.

3.2.7 The policies in this section should be read in conjunction with JCS policies SP1 'The need for new development', SP2 'Distribution of new development', SD1 'Employment - Except retail development' and SD2 'Retail and City / Town centres'.