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Joint Core Strategy Adopted by all three Councils

At full council meetings of Gloucester City Council on the 23rd November 2017, Tewkesbury Borough Council on the 5th December 2017 and Cheltenham Borough Council on the 11th December 2017 all three councils voted in favour of adopting the proposed Joint Core Strategy (JCS).

In accordance with Regulations 26 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 the statutory Adoption Statement and supporting documents have been published on this website and can be accessed by following the links below:

JCS Adoption Statement 11 December 2017 (pdf, 184 KB)

JCS Plan Adopted Version 11 December 2017 (pdf, 2 MB)

JCS Policies Maps Adopted Version 11 December 2017 (pdf, 11 MB)

JCS Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement November 2017 (pdf, 331 KB)

Copies of all of the above documents have been deposited at the following locations:

JCS Deposit Locations for Adopted Version (pdf, 195 KB)

Full details on the Sustainability Appraisal for the Plan can be viewed by following this link:

Sustainability Appraisal

Inspectors final report issued

Planning Inspector, Elizabeth Ord issued her final report on the 26th October 2017 along with the final schedule of main modifications. 

To review the report and schedule please click on the links below:

The next step in the process is for the Inspector's conclusions, covered in the final report, to be considered by the three Councils at the following full council meetings:

 Further details of these meetings and associated paperwork, which will include the 'Adoption' version of the JCS will be available, once issued, on the relevant council websites.

Position statements


The Inspector

  1. Positively prepared (based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development);
  2. Justified (the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence);
  3. Effective (the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities);
  4. Consistent with national policy (the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework). 

Briefing notes have been prepared by the Inspector and should assist in your understanding of the Examination process. 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 primary contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, the Joint Authorities and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural matters of the Examination process. Mr Kemp is the appropriate point of contact for any questions relating to timetabling or procedural matters. 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,
16 Cross Furlong,
Droitwich Spa,
WR9 7TA.

Tel: 01527 861 711
Mobile: 0772 300 9166
Email: idkemp@icloud.com

Hearing sessions, venue and timetable

Hearing Sessions commenced at 10.00am on Tuesday 19th May 2015 within the Council Chamber of Cheltenham Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 9SA.

The Inspector is examining the Pre-Submission version of the JCS from June 2014.  So far there been a large number of examination sessions into the proposal policies and proposals of the Plan.

The timetable from here is set out in the 'Programme, Matters and Issues' document below.  This will be updated as and when a new version becomes available.

Evidence base and examination documents

In preparing the JCS the Joint Authorities both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Evidence Base' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed through the link below.

Main modifications evidence base and examination documents

In addition to this, there are new evidence base or supporting documents that have been prepared in inform the Proposed Main Modifications.  These are available to download from the link below.