Strategic and Local Plan Consultation given the green light by councils in Gloucestershire.

16 January 2024

Today (16th January 2024) a public consultation on the Strategic and Local Plan (SLP), a document that sets out a blueprint for new development in Cheltenham Borough, Gloucester City and Tewkesbury Borough, has opened for feedback.

Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury Councils are now producing a Strategic and Local Plan (SLP) which will eventually provide an overarching planning strategy and cross-boundary strategic policies covering the whole area, and local policies for each local authority.

The SLP has now gone out for Regulation 18 consultation.  The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on potential strategy scenarios, strategic objectives and what the vision should be for a Plan that covers a 15 to 20 year period up to 2041.

The SLP recognises that there are serious problems regarding housing availability and affordability for both market and affordable sectors. As such the consultation is seeking views on providing 35,700 homes across the three Councils.

As part of the consultation exercise, the councils are looking to identify sites that should be allocated (for housing and economic purposes) in the new SLP.  Once the Plan is adopted, a site allocation indicates that the principle of development at the allocated site is acceptable. The relevant policies will set out clear guidelines for what each council will expect if a planning application is submitted in relation to that site.

A submission in response to this consultation can therefore be a useful exercise if you may want to consider future development projects in the area. 

You can find more details about the Strategic Local Plan consultation here https://strategiclocalplan.org/

If you have land interests or potential projects in any of the three authorities then our experienced team at MEP can help. For more information about responding to the consultation, or to promote a site, please get in touch.

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