Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

Introduction and context

3.6.1 Design is an important part of a sustainable planning system. The design of buildings, streets and spaces affects how people feel, behave, and interact with the city. It is widely acknowledged that although design is only part of the planning process, it can affect a range of economic, social and environmental objectives beyond the requirement for good design in its own right. Policy SD4 of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) sets out a comprehensive list of urban design and architectural design requirements as part of new development. It also provides a list of requirements for the content of Masterplans and Design Briefs.

3.6.2 Key Principle 10 of the Gloucester City Plan (GCP) seeks to deliver development that achieves high quality design and layouts that integrates new and existing communities, reduces crime and the fear of crime, builds positively on local distinctiveness and contributes to the creation of an active, connected and sustainable city.

3.6.3 Design is very closely linked to Healthy Communities, Economic Development and Sustainable Living, Transport, and Infrastructure sections of the GCP. Well-designed places can help to reduce health inequalities and respond to the challenges of climate change and there is a direct relationship between the quality of the environment and the ability to attract investment, businesses, shoppers and visitors.

3.6.4 The policies below aim to protect and enhance Gloucester's unique local distinctiveness by giving careful consideration to the architectural detailing of proposals, create attractive climate change resistant landscapes, ensure community safety is a fundamental part of the design process, mitigate against damage from gulls, protect open plan estates and adopted the Nationally Described Space Standards which will ensure new homes are suitable in size and have adequate storage.