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Gloucester City plan

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The Examination of the Gloucester City Plan has now ended. The Inspector has issued the Final Report. 

Final Report

Appendix 1 Main Modifications 

The Planning Inspectorate would like your feedback about the examination.  If you were involved in the examination because you made comments in writing and/or you took part in a hearing session, then we would be very pleased if you could fill in this short survey.  Any comments you make will be confidential.

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 2011 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:

  • Scope Gloucester City Plan – 2011 (Regulation 18): 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.
  • Part 1 Gloucester City Plan ‘Context and Key Principles’ – 2012 (Regulation 18): 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.
  • Part 2 Gloucester City Plan ‘Places, Sites and City Centre Strategy’ – 2013 (Regulation 18): 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 (Regulation 18): Part 3. This draft included the development management policies and the potential site allocations. 
  • Pre-submission Gloucester City Plan - 2019 (Regulation 19): 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. 
  • Submission (Regulation 20): The Gloucester City Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for an Examination in Public. November 2020.
  • Examination in Public:
    • Hearing sessions held during May and June 2021
    • Inspector's initial findings received August 2021
    • Main Modifications consultation held 16th May to 4th July 2022

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.

The Pre-Submission Gloucester City Plan 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. The Gloucester City Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate 18th November 2020. More information can be found on the Examination web page

Scope Gloucester City Plan – 2011 (Regulation 18)

Part 1 Gloucester City Plan ‘Context and Key Principles’ – 2012 (Regulation 18)

Part 2 Gloucester City Plan ‘Places, Sites and City Centre Strategy’ – 2013 (Regulation 18)

Draft Gloucester City Plan - 2017 (Regulation 18)

Pre-submission Gloucester City Plan - 2019 (Regulation 19)

Submission 

Examination in Public 

Main Modifications Consultation 

Following examination hearing sessions during May/June 2021, the Inspector's 'post hearing letter' was received in August 2021, setting out her initial findings. This concludes the GCP is legally compliant, has met the duty to cooperate and unsound. However, it but can be made sound with 'Main Modifications'.

A consultation on the proposed Main Modifications and policy map changes was held between the 16th May and 4th July 2022. 

What happens next?​

The City Council have now prepared the GCP and have submitted it to the Planning Inspectorate. The submission includes the GCP, the consultation responses, and the evidence base. An Examination in Public is underway.  

The Inspector will now 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. 

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. If you would like to join our database to be notified of future consultations please register here

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