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
Please note, that all three councils must vote in favour of accepting the plans in order for the JCS to be adopted.
More detail regarding the strategy can be found on the JCS website: www.jointcorestrategy.org.
What is JCS?
The Joint Core Strategy (JCS) is a really important document that will affect everyone that lives and works in Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough. It sets out the identified need and location for employment and housing sites and associated infrastructure up to 2031.
To help shape this future development, the JCS sets out a long-term vision for the area together with policies relating to important issues such as flooding, green belt and affordable housing. These policies are vital because they will essentially define what developers can and cannot do in the JCS area.
The strategy is based on an evidence base. This is a key point, because it means that our preferred approach to future development isn’t based on our opinions, but is founded on impartial and independent evidence. Examples of documents that sit within our evidence base include a green belt review, flood risk assessments, housing needs assessments, housing land availability assessments and a full review of infrastructure needs.
The JCS must also comply with national planning policy guidance set by the government and it must be based on local, statistical evidence such as population changes and economic forecasts.
Why do we need the JCS?
All councils are legally required to have a planning strategy to guide future development, so we aren’t alone. Without a strategy, there is a risk that ad hoc development will occur and we may not be able to prevent nor control this.
A strategy will help the councils to ensure development takes place in a planned way, protecting and enhancing green infrastructure and areas of landscape while meeting the areas long term development needs.
In addition, the Government has legislated that councils must work together under the ‘duty to cooperate’ with adjoining neighbours when developing their planning strategy. Hence, the three councils agreeing to work together in order to generate a common strategy.