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Tier 2: What you need to know

The government has announced that Gloucester will be in 'Tier 2: High alert' from 2 December. The current national restriction rules are still in place until 2 December and must be followed until they expire. 

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Gloucester City Plan Examination Library

Submission of the Gloucester City Plan 

Gloucester City Council has submitted the Gloucester City Plan to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for examination. 

  • Gloucester City Plan - Notice of Submission


The Inspector

A Planning Inspector will be appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness and legal compliance of the Gloucester City Plan (the Plan).

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2019 (the Framework).  The relevant soundness criteria are whether the Plan is: 1 – positively prepared (providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development); 2 - justified (an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence); 3 – effective (deliverable over the plan period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground); and 4 – consistent with national policy (enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework). 

The Inspector will take into account the representations submitted upon the Draft Plan as far as they relate to soundness and legal compliance considerations. A number of informal debates may take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.

At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

Guidance Notes will be prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process and will be available here in due course. Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.


The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Council and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspectors to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process. All statements will also be submitted through him.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Ian Kemp
PO Box 241

Mobile: 0772 300 9166

Email: idkemp@icloud.com

Mr Kemp will be contacting all Representors with details of the Examination process in due course.


Hearing sessions and timetable

A Programme for the Hearing Sessions together with further information will appear here once finalised.


Evidence base documents

In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be found below:

Core documents

CD001Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan (September 2019) 

CD002 Policies Map

CD003 Consultation Statements

CD004 Pre-Submission consultation responses database

CD005 Pre-Submission Sustainability (Integrated) Appraisal 

CD005/a Sustainability (Integrated) Appraisal, Non Technical Summary, July 2019 

CD005/b Sustainability (Integrated Appraisal) Appendix 1: Statement of Compliance

CD005/c Sustainability (Integrated Appraisal) Appendix 2: Review of Key Issues and SA Objectives 

CD005/d Sustainability (Integrated Appraisal) Appendix 3: Draft GCP Vision and Development Principles 

CD005/e Sustainability Analysis (Integrated Appraisal) Appendix 4: SA Site Options

CD005/f Appendix 5: Equality & Diversity Impact Assessment Screening Report, July 2019 

CD005/g Appendix 5:i Equality & Diversity Impact Assessment Plans and Programmes Review, July 2019 

CD005/h Appendix 5:ii Equality & Diversity Impact Assessment Screening Summary Assessment, July 2019

CD005/i Sustainability Analysis (Integrated Appraisal) Appendix 6: - Representations to Consultation 2017

CD006 Habitats Regulations Assessment Revised Screening & Appropriate Assessment Report July 2019

CD006/a Appendix i: European Site Characteristics

CD006/b Appendix ii: Plans Programmes and Project Review

CD006/c Appendix iii: Screening of Polices and Site Allocations

CD006/d Appendix iv: European Sites Screening Revised for Likely Significant Effects 

CD007 Duty to Cooperate Statement 

CD008 Statement of Community Involvement (July 2015) 

CD009 Local Development Scheme 

CD010 Representation Summary with Officer Response and Schedule of Changes 


Submitted evidence base and supporting documents


HOU001 Housing Background Paper, September 2019

HOU002 JCS Housing Implementation Strategy (Version 5), January 2017 

HOU003 JCS Housing Implementation Strategy – Trajectory Information, January 2017​

HOU004 Gloucestershire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment Final Report March 2017 

HOU005 Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Position Update September 2019 

HOU006 Gloucester Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2015-2020

HOU007 Gloucester Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2020-2025

HOU008 Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Update, March 2014 

HOU009 Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Update, September 2015 

HOU010 Strategic Assessment Land Availability 2019 

Employment and Economy

EE001 Employment Background Paper, September 2019

EE002 Strategic Options for the Gloucester Economy 2017 

EE002/a Appendix A: Gloucester Economic Assessment  

EE002/b Appendix B: Sites and Premises Review  

EE003 JCS Statement of Common Ground on Employment Land (EXAM78) 2016 

EE004 JCS Economic Update Note (EXAM180) 2016 

EE005 JCS Economic Update Paper(EXAM138) 2015​ 

EE006 JCS Employment Land Assessment Update 2015​ 

EE007 Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire 2014

EE008 Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire 2.0 update 2018

EE009 Gloucester City Employment Land Review - August 2019 

EE009/a Employment Land Review 2019 Appendix 1 - Summary of Findings 

EE009/b Employment Land Review 2019 Appendix 3 - Map 

EE010 Employment and Skills Plans – Guidance

Retail and City Centres, Tourism and Culture 

RE001 JCS Retail Study 2011 – 2031 (Phase 1), December 2011 

RE001/a Appendices contents 

RE001/b Appendix A – Health check assessment of JCS survey centres 

RE001/c Appendix B – GOAD town centre reports

RE001/d Appendix C – Study areas and survey zones 

RE001/e Appendix D – Capacity assessment 

RE001/f Appendix E – NEMS Household Survey 

RE001/g Appendix F – Health check monitoring template​ 

RE002 Retail Study 2011 – 2031; NPPF Addendum, July 2012

RE003 Retail Study 2011 – 2031; Phase 2, June 2014 

RE004 Retail Study 2011 – 2031 – 2015 Update, February 2016 

RE005 Local and District Centre Healthcheck (May 2010)​  

Health and Wellbeing 

HW001 Cordon Sanitaire Evidence Study Netheridge Sewage Treatment Works, September 2019 

HW002 Health and Wellbeing Topic Paper, September 2019 

HW003 Understanding Gloucestershire – A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), 2017

HW004 Understanding Districts – Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Gloucester, 2015 

HW005 Gloucester District Health Profile 2016, September 2016 

HW006 Gloucester District Health Profile, March 2020

HW007 Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Strategy 2015 –2020

HW008 Active by Design – Sport England, October 2015

HW009 Changing Places: The practical guide 

HW010 Gloucester Playing Pitch Strategy 2015 – 2025 

HW011 Gloucester Playing Pitch Strategy 2015 – 2025 – Assessment Report​ 

HW012 Gloucester Playing Pitch Strategy Interim Review 2017​

HW013 Gloucester Built Sports Facilities Strategy, August 2019 

HW014 Gloucester Built Sports Facilities Assessment Report, August 2019 

HW015 Gloucester Artificial Grass Pitch Strategy 2015 

HW016 Gloucester Open Space Strategy 2014​ 

HW017 Gloucester Open Space Background Note, September 2019 


Historic Environment 

HIS001 Gloucester Heritage Strategy  2019-29 

HIS002 Gloucester Heritage Strategy Background Document -Evidence, Analysis, Engagement  

HIS003 Conservation Area Appraisals

HIS003a  Area 1 – The Spa

HIS003b Area 2 – Southgate Street​

HIS003c Area 3 – The Docks

HIS003d Area 4 – Eastgate & St Michaels

HIS003e Area 5 – City Centre

HIS003f Area 6 – The Barbican

HIS003g Area 7 – Cathedral Precincts

HIS003h Area 8 – Worcester Street

HIS003i Area 9 – London Road

HIS003j Area 10 – Barton Street

HIS003k Area 11 – Hucclecote Green

HIS003l Area 12 – Hempsted

HIS003mArea 13 – Kingsholm

HIS003n Area 14 - Denmark Road​​

HIS004 Buildings at Risk Register 

HIS005 Listed Buildings Schedule 

HIS006 Article 4 Directions

HIS006aSt Michaels Square 

HIS006bSouthgate Street

​HIS007 - Historic Environments Assessments for SALA sites, 2016 / 2017


Natural Environment 

NAT001 JCS Landscape Characterisation Assessment and Sensitivity Analysis, September 2013 

NAT002  Gloucester Landscape Analysis of Potential Development Sites, 2013 

NAT003  Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 2 Data Review; Gloucester City Plan sites, January 2017​

NAT004  Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 2 Final Report; Gloucester City Council, September 2019 

NAT004a  Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 2, Appendix 1, Site Summary Tables, September 2019 

NAT004b  Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 2, Appendix 2, Geo data, September 2019 

NAT005  Site Allocations Flooding Sequential Test, September 2019 

NAT006  JCS Green Infrastructure Strategy, June 2014 

NAT007  JCS Green Infrastructure Strategy, High Quality Map from report, June 2014  

NAT008  JCS Strategic Air Quality Assessment, June 2014 

NAT009 Gloucester Air Quality Action Plan

NAT010 Phase 1 Habitat Surveys 2017 

NAT011 Building with Nature Standard


DES001  Townscape Character Assessment; Gloucester (July 2019), Part 1 

DES002 Townscape Character Assessment; Gloucester (July 2019), Part 2

Sustainable Transport

SUS001  Gloucestershire Local Transport Strategy 2015 – 2031

SUS002  Emerging JCS Transport Strategy, October 2016

SUS003  Gloucester City Plan Transport Assessment Report, October 2019

SUS004 Gloucester City Plan Transport Assessment Report, October 2020 (minor corrections to referencing amended) 

SUS005 Gloucester City Plan Transport Assessment Technical Note in Response to Highways Authority (March 2020)

SUS006 Gloucester Parking Strategy, July 2018

SUS007 Manual for Gloucestershire Streets July 2020


INF001 Gloucester Infrastructure Delivery Plan, September 2019

INF001/a Gloucester Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Appendix A Baseline, September 2019

INF001/b Gloucester Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Appendix B Calculator, September 2019 

INF001/c Gloucester Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Appendix C Project Tracker, September 2019

INF002 Gloucester Infrastructure Delivery Plan Addendum, October 2020

INF003  Infrastructure and Viability Background Paper, Nov 2020

INF004 JCS Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Executive Summary, June 2014 

INF005 JCS Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Full Document, August 2014 

INF006  JCS Infrastructure Gap Analysis, September 2016 

INF007  JCS Strategic Allocations Infrastructure Needs Summary, 2015

INF008 Infrastructure Delivery Position Updates – South Churchdown, 2016 

INF009 Infrastructure Delivery Position Updates – North West Cheltenham, 2016 

INF010 Infrastructure Delivery Position Updates – Leckhampton, 2016 

INF011 Infrastructure Delivery Position Updates – MOD Ashchurch, 2016 

INF012 Infrastructure Delivery Position Updates – Ashchurch, 2016 

INF013 JCS Infrastructure Delivery Plan, Additional Allocations Issue, September 2016​ 

INF014 JCS Project Tracker July 2020



VIA001 Gloucester City Plan Viability Report, September 2019 

VIA002  Gloucester City Plan Viability Report Addendum, October 2020 

Other Strategies and Plans

OTH001 City Vision 2012 - 2022

OTH002 Council Plan 2017 - 2020

OTH002a Council Plan Extension 2020-21

OTH003 Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy 2016-2021

OTH004 Cultural Vision and Strategy 2016-2026 

OTH005 Growing Gloucester's Visitor Economy 

OTH006 Economic Growth Strategy 2019 - 2022


Other development plan documents

Joint Core Strategy

Minerals and Waste

DP004 - Gloucestershire Minerals Plan (March 2020)

DP005 - Gloucestershire Waste Core Strategy (November 2012)

Supplementary Planning Documents

DP006 - Matson Estate Regeneration Supplementary Planning Document, November 2019 

DP007 - Podsmead Estate Regeneration Supplementary Planning Document, November 2019 

DP008 - Interim adoption ‘Public Realm Strategy’ SPD (September 2017) 

DP009 - Interim adoption ‘Designing safer places’ SPD (August 2008) 

DP010 - Interim adoption ‘Heights of Buildings’ SPD (November 2008) 

DP011 - Interim adoption ‘Home Extension Guide’ SPD (August 2008) 

DP012 - Shopfront Shutters and Signage Design Guide (November 2017) 

DP013 - King's Quarter concept statement - Interim adoption (January 2013) 

DP014 - Fleece Hotel concept statement - Interim adoption (February 2012) 

DP015 - Interim Adoption ‘Railway Corridor’ Planning Brief (March 2011) 


Monitoring documents

MN001 Brownfield land register:

MN002 Gloucester housing monitoring report (June 2019)

MN003 Housing Monitoring Report 2020

MN004 Gloucester employment land monitoring report 2018/2019

MN005 Gloucester Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement (June 2019)

MN006 5 year housing land supply statement 2020 


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