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Gloucester consults on city plan

Words: Laura Edgar
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Gloucester City Council has launched a consultation on its city plan, which identifies 22 potential sites for development.

Residential, employment, mixed-use, sports and community development could be delivered on the sites. The cit plan, accepted by the city council in October, also aims to deliver 972 new homes. 

Locations have been sourced from the ongoing and targeted ‘call for sites’, land on the brownfield register and a review of internal land assets, the council explained.

It also said the plan goes further than the adopted Joint Core Strategy (JCS) prepared with Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council, as it stipulates that 25 per cent of the housing that comes forward must be affordable. The JCS looks to 20 per cent as a starting point.

The plan seeks to support healthier communities and therefore limits opportunities for hot food takeaways, and encourages more active travel, tree planting and reductions in air pollution.

As Gloucester City Council has declared a climate change emergency, the city plan features policies on flood risk and water efficiency, the promotion of sustainable transport, the use of electric vehicle-charging infrastructure and the delivery of more green infrastructure such as trees, hedges and biodiversity gain on sites.

Head of place for Gloucester City Council Ian Edwards said: “Development of land in Gloucester is essential as the city continues to grow and prosper. The Gloucester City Plan puts in place important policies and structure on how we’ll go forward.

”This plan was supported by all of the council after undergoing very thorough questioning by the overview and scrutiny committee.

“It has already gone through four rounds of public consultation, and the comments we received informed its development to this point. The public now has another opportunity to tell us their views on the draft plan so that it can go on to the next stage.”

After the consultation, the draft plan will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

The consultation closes on Friday 20 December. It can be found here on the Gloucester City Council website.

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