Inspector's report received on the Examination of the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury CIL draft Charging Schedules

The JCS authorities of Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucester City Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council received the Examiner's report on their submitted Community Infrastructure Levy Draft Charging Schedules on the 31st July 2018.

Examiner's report on the JCS authorities draft Charging Schedules (pdf, 233 KB)

The Examiner's Report concludes that subject to modifications, the Gloucester, Cheltenham
and Tewkesbury Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedules provide an appropriate basis for the collection of the levy in the three Council areas, as set out in the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy, adopted in 2017.

Adoption of the CIL by all three councils is planned for the Autumn 2018 but charging does not have to begin immediately as the councils can, on adoption, set a commencement date which is likely to be in late 2018 or early 2019.

It is important for applicants to follow the councils’ progress in bringing the CIL into force, as once a commencement date is set any application that is defined as chargeable and has not yet been granted planning permission will become liable, even if already submitted, validated or successful subject to Section 106 agreements.

Updated 31/07/18

Preparing for CIL Charging

The three councils, who together developed and adopted the Joint Core Strategy, or JCS, for their combined area are now coming to the end of the process of introducing their CILs. 

Adoption of the CIL by all three councils is planned for the Autumn 2018 but charging does not have to begin immediately as the councils can, on adoption, set a commencement date which is likely to be in late 2018 or early 2019.

It is important for applicants to follow the councils’ progress in bringing the CIL into force, as once a commencement date is set any application that is defined as chargeable and has not yet been granted planning permission will become liable, even if already submitted, validated or successful subject to Section 106 agreements.

CIL examination post submissions

The deadline for post examination submissions following the CIL examination hearings which took place 15th to 17th May 2018 have now closed. The JCS responses, which were submitted on 25th May 2018 have been published on this website along with responses, which were received from interested parties up to 8th June 2018. We now await the Examiners decision, details of which will be published as soon as they become available.

Joint Core Strategy Statutory Adoption Statement

Gloucester Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy

The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 Adoption Statement

Notice is hereby given by Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and
Tewkesbury Borough Council in accordance with Regulations 26 and 35 of the Town and
Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, that the Gloucester Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy (“the Plan”) was adopted on 11 December 2017.

The Plan was the subject of an independent examination conducted by an Inspector
appointed by the Secretary of State. The Inspector’s report was published in October 2017
and the recommended main modifications, together with additional modifications to rectify
numbering, cross-referencing and typing errors, have been included in the adopted plan.

Any person aggrieved by the Plan may make an application to the High Court under
Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on the ground that:
- the document is not within the appropriate power;
-a procedural requirement has not been complied with.

Any application may not be made without the leave of the High Court and an application for
leave must be made before the end of the period of six weeks beginning with the day after
the date of adoption.

The adoption version of the plan, policies maps and the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement can all be found by clicking on the following link:

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

Cheltenham Borough Council vote in favour of the Joint Core Strategy

Following the full council meeting on Monday 11th December, Cheltenham Borough Council has unanimously voted in favour of adopting the proposed Joint Core Strategy (JCS).

Cllr Steve Jordan, leader of the council said: "Adopting the JCS has been a long and difficult process but I'm pleased we've got there. It means we are well placed to ensure we get the homes and jobs local people need up to 2031 while protecting the things that make Cheltenham an attractive place to Iive, work and visit."

During the debate, councillors expressed their thanks to local communities who had actively contributed to the different stages of plan making.

Gloucester City Council adopted the strategy on Thursday 23rd November 2017 and Tewkesbury Borough Council adopted the strategy on Tuesday 5th December 2017.

The plan has therefore now been formally adopted.

JCS adopted by Tewkesbury Borough Council

Following the full council meeting on Tuesday 5 December, Tewkesbury Borough Council has voted in favour of adopting the proposed Joint Core Strategy (JCS).

Cllr Dave Waters, Leader of the Council stated “The adoption of the JCS represents a significant step forward in regards to achieving the economic growth and development set out our strategy and concludes ten years hard work and planning. We can now focus on delivering the housing and employment land we need”

Gloucester City Council adopted the strategy on Thursday 23 November 2017 and Cheltenham Borough Council has a full council meeting scheduled for Monday 11 December 2017.

Please note, that all three councils must vote in favour of accepting the plans in order for the JCS to be adopted.

Gloucester City Council vote in favour of the Joint Core Strategy

Following the full council meeting on Thursday 23rd November 2017, Gloucester City Council has voted in favour of adopting the proposed Joint Core Strategy (JCS)

Cllr. Colin Organ, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning at Gloucester City Council, said:

"The Joint Core Strategy is an important document that outlines the long term vision for the city and the wider area. It plays a vital part in making sure future development is consistent with the city's vision and has a positive impact on Gloucester.

"It has been a long, complicated process to get to this point, however I'm pleased this council is taking the JCS forward. It will result in significant benefits for the city, its communities and the local economy through a coordinated approach to development."

Both Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Borough Councils have meetings scheduled on the following dates, at which, they too will consider the Inspectors final report and vote accordingly:

  • Tewkesbury Borough Council - Tuesday 5th December 2017
  • Cheltenham Borough Council - Monday 11th December 2017

Please note that, all three councils must vote in favour of accepting the Plan in order for the JCS to be adopted.