Gloucester City Plan
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Draft Gloucester City Plan and 'call for sites'
Gloucester City Council is currently consulting on the Draft Gloucester City Plan for six weeks of public consultation between 16th January and 27th February 2017. The document sets out:
- A draft vision and key principles for development in Gloucester;
- Draft planning policies that reflect and address the local issues and opportunities in the City that, once 'adopted' by the Council, will be used to inform planning proposals and assess planning applications; and
- Proposed site allocations for different types of development.
The consultation includes a targeted 'call for sites'. In this regard, the community, landowners and developers are invited to submit to the City Council potential development sites. These will be assessed for their development potential and could be included in the next version of the Gloucester City Plan.
For more information, to download the consultation document and to make comments,
Draft Shopfronts, Shutters and Signage - Design Guidelines for Gloucester
Gloucester City Council is currently consulting on a revised guidance document called 'Shopfronts, Shutters and Signage - Design Guidelines for Gloucester' to replace an old, existing one. This guidance will be used to support the regeneration of the City and will form part of the evidence base for the City Plan in due course. This consultation is in accordance with the Town and County Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012.
This guidance will ensure future projects preserve and enhance the City's unique and distinctive historic character. Traditional and historic shopfronts will be preserved, and the guide will assist the reinstatement of those that have been lost.
Further information, including how to view the document and make comments, is available to
What is the Gloucester City Plan?
Gloucester is a transforming, growing and regeneration City. Together with the
Joint Core Strategy (JCS), the Gloucester City Plan (GCP) will continue Gloucester's regeneration journey by providing the development framework to guide the City's future growth up to 2031. It covers a timeframe of 15 years between 2016 and 2031.
The GCP delivers the JCS at the local level but will also set out policies that seek to address local issues and opportunities in the City. It will identify where and how new development will taken place to make sure requirements are met, and new developments positively contribute to the City's needs.
It will also set out a framework for managing and enhancing the historic and natural environment such as open spaces, areas of recreation and the historic environment.
The GCP is underpinned by a significant number of evidence studies. Some of these pieces of research are still being undertaken but will be completed before the next stage in the process – Pre-Submission. For more information, view the
evidence base pages.
What's happened so far?
The City Council has already written and consulted on several parts of the GCP. These are:
The Scope (2011): This consultation set out the context for the Plan and the key issues for Gloucester. It sought views on the types of planning policies that should be included in the Plan and the areas that should be identified for development or protection.
City Plan Part 1 (2012): Part 1 took the Scope further, explaining in more detail the issues that Gloucester faces and setting out a number of 'key principles' that the GCP would seek to deliver.
City Plan Part 2 (2013): Part 2 focussed on the development needs of the City and started looking at potential site allocations as well as a draft City Centre Strategy.
At each stage comments from local residents, businesses, organisations and national bodies have been sought and their views reported in a response report. Copies of the consultation documents, associated documents and response reports can be downloaded below.
City Plan Scope 2011
City Plan Part 1 - 2012
City Plan Part 2 - 2013
What happens next?
Responses to the Draft Gloucester City Plan will be collated and considered by officers and where appropriate, policy changes made. The Plan will then be reworked to form the 'Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan'. This will then be subject to one further round of public consultation before submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. This will then be subject to an 'Examination in Public' before it can be adopted by the Council. The exact timescales for this have not yet been finalised.
If you would like any further information about Gloucester City Plan please email the Planning Policy and Heritage Team at
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