Draft Gloucester City Plan 2016 - 2031

Draft Gloucester City Plan

Turning the City portrait into a vision

Turning the City portrait into a vision

2.31     Taking into account the JCS vision and objectives, the City Vision and a thorough understanding of the characteristics of the City, the following locally-specific Gloucester vision has been prepared, to set the broad context for the rest of the plan. 

The City Plan Vision

Between 2016 and 2031 the City Council, together with its partners, stakeholders and the community will work together in positively delivering the Joint Core Strategy and Gloucester City Plan.

During this time significant progress will have been made in the regeneration of the City Centre and elsewhere within the City.   Gloucester will be a flourishing, healthy, modern and ambitious City, where people feel safe and happy in their community and are proud to live and work.

Gloucester will grow as an economy and make a significant contribution to the wider economy of Gloucestershire, building on its strengths as a business location. The City Council will work with partners and neighbouring authorities to ensure that the economic development required beyond its boundary benefits Gloucester, while at the same time, supporting business growth and expansion within the City itself.

A significant number of new decent homes will have been delivered in a way that reflects the type and tenure needed by the local community and that supports economic growth.

Health and wellbeing will be a key consideration in all planning decisions ensuring the protection and provision of active streets, open spaces, playing fields, community infrastructure, environmental quality, connectivity and access.

New development will be built to the highest possible standard of design and will be focused on protecting the quality and local distinctiveness of the City.

Gloucester’s unique heritage, culture, and natural environment will be safeguarded and enhanced to create a highly attractive place that all residents and visitors can enjoy.

 2.32     To deliver this Vision, it is proposed that the City Plan is influenced by the following locally-specific key principles. 

City Plan key principles

1.    To ensure development contributes to the delivery of a transforming City which brings regeneration benefits, promotes sustainable development and makes the most efficient use of brownfield land and buildings;

2.    To ensure that new development is supported by the necessary infrastructure;

3.    To regenerate the City Centre and other areas of the City in accordance with the Council’s adopted strategies and maximise benefits associated with Housing Zone status;

4.    To develop a City Centre that provides for the needs of the 21st Century, with increased choice, an improved environment and to protect it from inappropriate competition in other locations.

5.    To provide a balanced network of local and district centres that provide for the everyday shops, services and facilities needed by the local community.

6.    To provide a balanced mix of new homes that provide for the needs and aspirations of the local community, working with neighbouring authorities where they are providing for housing needs of the Gloucester community.

7.    To encourage and facilitate inward and home grown investment, attract innovative growth sectors, create high and stable levels of economic growth and increase job opportunities.

8.    To improve educational attainment, skills and learning opportunities.

9.    To protect and enhance the City’s leisure, recreation and environmental assets, including valuable heritage, public open space, allotments, areas of nature conservation, sensitive landscapes, playing fields and sporting facilities.

10.  To encourage a vibrant and safe evening and night-time economy in the City Centre that appeals to all age groups and encourages more people to stay overnight.

11.  To tackle poverty and deprivation in the worst affected areas of the City.

12.  To deliver development that achieves high quality design that reduces crime and the fear of crime, builds positively on locally distinctiveness and contributes to the creation of an active, connected and sustainable City.

13.  To ensure that development minimises its impact on climate change through sustainable construction and design, encourages the use of sustainable forms of transport and integrates with and makes the most of existing infrastructure.

14.  To improve health and wellbeing through good design that promotes opportunities for all residents to lead ‘activity lives’, by providing access to good quality open spaces, playing fields and community facilities, and protecting air quality and residents from pollution and contamination.