Draft Gloucester City Plan

I: Infrastructure

I: Infrastructure

Policies in this section:

  • Policy I1: Infrastructure
  • Policy I2: Schools and Other Education Needs

Key evidence:

  • JCS Infrastructure Delivery Plan
  • JCS Interim Inspector report
  • Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan
  • JCS Transport strategy
  • Infrastructure Delivery Plan being undertaken to inform the GCP

Other relevant strategies:

  • None

Relevant National Planning Policy Framework paragraphs:

  •  7, 17, 21, 31, 41, chapter 5, 156, 157 and 162

Relevant policies from the JCS:

  • INF1: Access to the Transport Network
  • INF2: Safety and Efficiency of the Transport Network
  • INF3: Flood Risk Management
  • INF4: Green Infrastructure
  • INF5: Social and Community Infrastructure
  • INF6: Renewable Energy/Low Carbon Development
  • INF7: Infrastructure Delivery
  • INF8: Infrastructure Contributions

JCS strategic objectives met:

  • Strategic Objective 5: Delivering excellent design in new developments, bullet 1 – ‘Ensure that all new developments are valued by residents by integrating them well with existing communities and provide well located infrastructure which meets the needs of residents’.

Infrastructure policies

Gloucester’s future infrastructure needs are being assessed in coordination with key infrastructure providers including Gloucestershire County Council, the Environment Agency and health providers. Infrastructure delivery at the local level is fundamental for Gloucester City Plan (GCP) and through investigations to date with key providers on major sites a number of key infrastructure issues have been identified including:

  • Flooding infrastructure: Especially in terms of protection from the River Severn in the vicinity of the Blackfriars regeneration site and the city centre, through the Quayside flood alleviation scheme and Housing Zone funding.
  • Schooling infrastructure: In the short term, addressing the shortage of primary school places and catering for housing growth in the south of the city. In the medium term, catering for growth to the north of Gloucester being provided through the JCS and the impending shortage of secondary school places.
  • Health care facilities for a growing and aging population; addressing the changing health care environment and demands.
  • Transport infrastructure: Mainly improvements to the existing transport network to help facilitate the growth provided through city centre urban regeneration initiatives, and the peripheral urban extensions to the north and south of Gloucester. 
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) pooled funds regime introduction, and the continuation of the s106 mechanism for site specific infrastructure requirements.

Policy I1: Infrastructure

Infrastructure provision in Gloucester will reflect the council’s priorities for infrastructure set out in the JCS, LTP and the Infrastructure Delivery Plan. The council will focus on the delivery of infrastructure for the following:

  1. New primary and secondary school capacity to the north and south of Gloucester;
  2. New health care facilities to support an expanding population;
  3. New transport infrastructure projects contained within the Gloucestershire LTP;
  4. New and enhanced green infrastructure, playing pitches and open space;
  5. New flood defence infrastructure capacity in the city centre and at Blackfriars; and
  6. Other infrastructure items identified over time and through the IDP.

Public and private sector infrastructure providers should work closely with the council to deliver local infrastructure needs. The council will aim to refresh the IDP on a regular basis, and this will require the cooperation and involvement of all the local infrastructure providers.

Infrastructure provision is a fast moving and changing activity and closely linked to strategic planning and ongoing local delivery activities. Setting separate policies in the city plan for each specific piece of potential infrastructure is not considered necessary.  The draft policy sets out the key priorities for Gloucester, and a list of the priority infrastructure projects will be included in the Regulation 123 list for funding through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) mechanism.  Our CIL charging schedule will be examined separately in the context of the strategy and policies of the JCS.

Policy I2: Schools and Other Education Needs

There is a particular need for new primary and secondary schools in Gloucester. The Council intends to work with the County Council and other partners to ensure that these needs are met. New school buildings should be located in sustainable locations and the co-location of other services and facilities with schools will be encouraged.

The Council will also look to meet Gloucester’s needs for: Nurseries, Pre-schools, Special schools, Free schools, Community learning and life long learning facilities, Further and higher education facilities and other facilities which provide for education and promote the development of skills.

Guided by the County Council as LEA, the provision of new schools and the growth plans of existing schools in Gloucester will be supported in line with good planning and sustainability objectives. It is recognised that good schools, which are appropriately located, have a vital role to play in maintaining and improving the quality of life of communities across the City.

The Council will seek to ensure that the design of new schools is flexible enough to accommodate the changing needs of students and nearby communities. Out of hours, the use of school/college buildings and land will be encouraged to support learning among the wider community and to increase access to opportunities for recreation and sports.

The Council will support proposals for a new University Technology College which is proposed on Site SA09 on Great Western Road. This is regarded as an opportunity to strengthen the education and skills base of the City.