Draft Gloucester City Plan 2016 - 2031

Draft Gloucester City Plan

2.0 Planning positively for the future of Gloucester

Planning Positively for the Future of Gloucester

2.0       Planning Positively for the Future of Gloucester

2.1       The starting point in preparing the Draft Gloucester City Plan (GCP) is the Joint Core Strategy (JCS).  This plan is based on the partnership between Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council.  The JCS provides an overarching planning framework for the three local authorities that their respective district plans must deliver at the local level. The GCP must be consistent with the JCS as well as providing more specific policies to deliver local issues and opportunities.

2.2       The JCS has been prepared on the basis of a significant amount of evidence and sets out aims, objectives and an overarching strategy based on a thorough understanding of the issues, challenges and aspirations for the different areas.  The aims, objectives and strategy seek to deliver the adopted community strategy for each of the local authorities For Gloucester City, the adopted community strategy is the City Vision ‘A City ambitious for its future and proud of its past’ 2012 – 2022 (see below for more information).

Joint Core Strategy Vision – 2011 to 2031

By 2031 Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough will have continued to develop as highly attractive and accessible places in which to live, work and socialise.

The Joint Core Strategy area will be recognised nationally as enjoying a vibrant, competitive economy with increased job opportunities and a strong reputation for being an attractive place in which to invest.

The character and identity of individual communities will have been retained while improved access to housing will have addressed the needs of young families, single people and the elderly.

New developments will have been built to the highest possible standards of design and focused on protecting the quality and distinctiveness of each community.

Established in sustainable locations, without increasing the risk of flooding, they will have been designed with sensitivity towards existing villages, towns and cities and with respect for the natural and built environment.

As a result of a strong commitment to the housing and employment needs of the existing and growing population, all residents and businesses will benefit from the improved infrastructure, which will include roads, public transport and services, and community facilities.

  2.3       To deliver the vision and to inform policies, the JCS sets out nine ‘Strategic Objectives’ based around three key themes.  These are:

Ambition 1 – A thriving economy

 ·         Strategic Objective 1 – Building a strong and competitive urban economy

·         Strategic Objective 2 – Ensuring the vitality of town centres

·         Strategic Objective 3 – Supporting a prosperous rural economy

 Ambition 2 – A sustainable natural, built and historic environment

 ·         Strategic Objective 4 – Conserving and enhancing the environment

·         Strategic Objective 5 – Delivering excellent design in new developments

·         Strategic Objective 6 – Meeting the challenges of climate change

 Ambition 3 – A healthy, safe and inclusive community

·         Strategic Objective 7 - Promoting sustainable transport

·         Strategic Objective 8 – Delivering a wide choice of quality homes

·         Strategic Objective 9 – Promoting healthy communities

 2.4       The spatial strategy of the JCS is set out through a combination of policies SP1 ‘The need for new development, SP2 ‘Distribution of new development’ and SD2 ‘Employment – except retail development’.  Together these policies set out the quantum of new development required in the JCS area between 2011 and 2031 and the locations where this development should be provided.  The strategy is to concentrate new development in and around the existing urban areas of Gloucester and Cheltenham to meet the needs of these communities, to balance employment and housing needs, and to provide new development close to where it is needed, where is can benefit from the existing and enhanced sustainable transport network (such as public transport).  A significant proportion of this new development will be provided as ‘strategic allocations’, most of which are outside of Gloucester’s administrative area, but those adjacent to the City will provide for Gloucester’s housing requirements.  Please refer to the ‘key diagram’ later in this section for more information.