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The JCS will be submitted to the Government for inspection on 20 November 2014.

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Major development plan set to be submitted to government for inspection

The final version of a major development plan for Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough will be submitted to the government on 20 November. The plan is called the Joint Core Strategy and it sets out the large sites for future housing and economic growth - as well as the need for associated infrastructure, such as roads, schools and transport. It has been put together by Cheltenham Borough, Tewkesbury Borough and Gloucester City councils and once adopted it will form the basis for planning decisions across the area until 2031.

Since the process of developing the Joint Core Strategy started in 2008, there have been four periods of major public consultation, which were held in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013/2014.

The submission to government follows the publication of the Pre Submission JCS between June and August this year. Around 3000 representations were submitted in response to the publication of this final version of the plan. After careful review of the representations, the published version of the JCS is considered ‘sound’ and only minor changes required will be incorporated before it is submitted. As well as putting forward sites that are able to meet the area's identified future housing and employment need, 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. All councils are legally required to have a development plan and by working together to develop one, the three councils have recognised that planning issues go beyond administrative boundaries, which is in line with the ‘duty to co-operate’ placed on councils by the government.

The JCS has also been established using a range of evidence, is based on local statistical information and is in line with national planning policy guidance set by the government.Chair of the JCS Programme Board Andrew North said: “This is such a significant step forward for the Joint Core Strategy - getting this far is testament to the hard work and cooperation from the three councils. We wouldn’t be being honest if we said it has been an easy process, but it is such an important one and we are now all confident that the plan we have to submit is one that will be considered sound. “Once it has been submitted, the plan will be examined by an inspector and we anticipate this will take place early next year. Meanwhile, each council will also need to progress its own more detailed local plan, which will contain much more detail about how development will be managed to ensure good design, sustainability and proper infrastructure." Once submitted, the Secretary of State will call an Examination in Public, chaired by an independent inspector, to examine the plan and consider the issues that have been raised from the consultation.

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