Publication: Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan

Pre-Submission City Plan

Policy G5: Broadband connectivity


All new residential and commercial development will be served by a high speed, reliable full-fibre broadband connection. The connection must reach each dwelling unit and commercial premise.

Exceptions may only be made where applicants are able to demonstrate through consultation with broadband infrastructure providers that this would not be possible, practical or economically viable.

3.7.21 Access to high speed broadband and uninterrupted connectivity is a fundamental of modern living and working. However, there are still instances where new homes and business units have been built within high speed broadband connectivity.

3.7.22 The NPPF requires planning policies to support the expansion of full-fibre broadband connections, prioritising connections to existing and new developments. Likewise, it is Government policy for all properties to have access to full-fibre broadband by 2025. This policy requires all new residential and commercial development to be serviced by a high speed, reliable and high-speed broadband connection. At present, the main target standard is for full-fibre connectivity. This may well change in the future; if this is the case, it is expected that properties should be meet the best possible standard.