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City plan

The Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan (GCP) was approved for public consultation by the City Council on 26th September 2019, under Regulation 19 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. A public consultation was held which closed on 14th February 2020.

What is the Gloucester City Plan?

Gloucester is a transforming, growing and regeneration City. Together with theJoint 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 time frame 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. 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 focused on the development needs of the City and started looking at potential site allocations as well as a draft City Centre Strategy.
  • Draft Gloucester City Local Plan (2017): Part 3. This draft included the development management policies and the potential site allocations. 
  • Pre-submission Gloucester City Plan (2019): was approved for public consultation by the City Council on 26th September 2019, under Regulation 19 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. A public consultation was held which closed on Feb 14th 2020. 

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.

Gloucester City Plan: Scope (2011)

Gloucester City Plan: Part 1 - (2012)​

Gloucester City Plan: Part 2 (2013)​

Draft Gloucester City Plan (2017)

Pre-submission Gloucester City Plan (2019)

What happens next?​

The City Council are now preparing the GCP for submission to the Planning Inspectorate. The submission will include the GCP, the consultation responses, and the evidence base. There will then be an Examination in Public held. 

Once the plan has been submitted, the Inspector will take control of the examination process from start to finish. The Inspector’s role is to examine whether the submitted plan meets the tests of soundness defined in the National Planning Policy Framework and meets all the relevant legislative requirements, including the duty to co-operate. The examination will therefore concentrate on the issues that affect the plan’s soundness and legal compliance. 

We will update this web page as more information on the submission and examination becomes available. The exact timescales for this have not yet been finalised.

Further information

If you would like any further information about Gloucester City Plan please email the Planning Policy and Heritage Team at cityplan@gloucester.gov.uk or telephone 01452 396​396.

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