Planning Policy FAQs

CIL & S106

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

For more information, please see the JCS CIL page

Planning obligations, also known as Section 106 agreements (based on that section of The 1990 Town & Country Planning Act) are agreements made between local authorities and developers and can be attached to a planning permission to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms. The land itself, rather than the person or organisation that develops the land, is bound by a Section 106 Agreement, something any future owners will need to take into account.

For more information, please visit the Planning Portal Planning Obligations and Conditions


Plans, Registers and SALA

The adopted Local Plan is the Joint Core Strategy (2017) and Gloucester Local Plan (1983) – saved policies

Click the link for more information on the Adopted Development Plan  

The Joint Core Strategy (JCS) is an important part of the development plan for Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough.

The JCS was adopted by the three local authorities in December 2017. It is a co-ordinated strategic development plan that sets out how the area will develop between 2011 and 2031. Please see the JCS website for more information.

In light of the adoption of the JCS, and a review of the NPPF, only the following two policies from the 1983 Local Plan are considered relevant:

  • ​A1.a Heights of buildings and protection of views
  • ​C1.e Site identified at Abbeydale to provide two Primary Schools

This Plan was subject to two comprehensive periods of public and stakeholder consultation and adopted by the Council for development control purposes. A number of development management policies, which are not of a strategic nature and broadly accord with the policies contained in the NPPF, are given some weight in decisions on planning applications. Further information is available on: Planning Policy Position Statement June 2018 

Gloucester’s Local Plan, also called ‘City Plan’ is due to be adopted in the summer of 2020.

 Whilst the JCS is strategic in nature the City Plan will contain more detailed policies that are Gloucester specific. The City Plan will be consulted on at Pre-submission stage (Regulation 19) in April 2019 and is due to be adopted in the summer of 2020.  Further information on the City Plan is available on: City Plan

Gloucester's Brownfield Land Register (December 2017) is available below as are maps of the sites identified. Please see the following link for more information


Gloucester City Council maintains a Self & Custom Build Register which allows Gloucester’s residents to register an interest in serviced plots for residential development.

You can register here

The National Planning Practice Guidance requires local authorities to consider capacity within their areas with regard to the availability of land to accommodate housing and employment development. This is done through the Strategic Assessment of Land Availability (SALA) process and report which is updated every year. Please see the following link for more information.


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