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Joint Core Strategy - Issues and Options

Joint Core Strategy - Issues and Options


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4.1.27 It is vital that the Local Plan contains policies that positively and proactively encourage the scale of development that is required to support sustainable economic growth and in doing so help contribute towards building a strong, competitive economy, both locally and nationally.

4.1.28 A clear economic vision and strategy should be put in place. This should reflect local business needs and be responsive to any wider opportunities that will allow the area to build on its strengths, counter any weaknesses and address future challenges. The policies of the local plan should match the economic strategy for the area and include policies that encourage the local and inward investment that is required to meet anticipated needs over the plan period. Furthermore, it is vital that local policies are responsive to changing circumstances and that they are suitably flexible to ensure that sufficient land of the right type is made available and that the planning system does not act as an impediment to sustainable growth.

4.1.29 National policy indicates that significant weight should be placed on the need to support economic growth and productivity through the planning system. This should therefore be reflected within the drafting of local policies to ensure that development plans are fully responsive to economic development needs, including those that have not been anticipated within the Plan. It is therefore essential that any policies that relate to the protection of the countryside provide sufficient flexibility to support proposals for economic development where they make a demonstrable contribution towards the sustainable development of the area.

4.1.30 We do however suggest that it is also appropriate that the JCSR recognises that there may be instances where it can be demonstrated, that as a result of market conditions, a site or site(s) are unlikely to come forward for employment use, and it may be appropriate for other uses including residential development to be accommodated on such sites. We suggest that the Council consider appropriate triggers for such mechanisms within any employment-based policies.


01 Apr 2019 15:57

Employment land should be included in close proximity to sustainable settlements and on major transport links, which includes the M5 motorway corridor. The subject land can accommodate a mix of this required growth because it is sustainably located, adjacent to Tewkesbury and is a short distance from junction 9 of the M5 and Ashchurch’s railway station which provide ready access to the region and beyond. The MoD site would be better utilised


01 Apr 2019 15:39

We reserve the right to submit formal responses on the approach the JCS is taking to planning for specific forms of employment once more detailed proposals have been issued for consultation as part of future plan-making stages.

28 Mar 2019 12:49

We do not consider that there is going to be a need for further sites to be identified for employment land. Even if the JCS period is extended, we consider that the original JCS allocation was extremely generous and reflected a policy uplift rather than an actual need.

Before we start talking about allocating additional land for employment, we would like to see some of the land that has already been allocated actually being used.

27 Mar 2019 14:55

Disagree that there is "going to be a need" for yet more Employment land on top of the over-aspirational 192 hectares approved by JCS-1.
Existing employment land is capable of much densification.
Changing employment patterns (including hot/desk-sharing and remote/home-working) will relieve demand on land.
Above all, no further provision need be made for land-wasteful ’retail parks’ or car storage "showroom" lots, in the context of increasing online purchasing and store closures (producing site re-availability).


27 Mar 2019 14:26

The strategy for distributing employment development must be based on a combination of the above options and, importantly, supply should reflect demand.

Paragraph 10.2 informs that extending the plan period will mean that new land will be required to support economic growth. The further allocation of employment land as part of the JCSR has not yet been justified and, therefore, VSM and DIO reserve comment until evidence is available. However, it is noted that the adopted JCS allocates 192ha of employment land both in main urban areas and as part of some strategic allocations. It should be noted that the average of the range recommended in the Employment Land Review was less than half of this figure (48.1 hectares).

Local plans should include sufficient flexibility to allow for churn and to respond to market signals but they should, nevertheless, be realistic, as required by NPPF2. Overprovision of employment land could have significant adverse impacts on sustainability. Indeed, potential growth in employment could outstrip housing supply, creating unsustainable commuting patterns and further increasing pressure on the housing market. Therefore, any further employment growth over and above that in the adopted JCS would need to be robustly justified.

27 Mar 2019 13:06

When reviewing the need, type and location for employment the JCS should be mindful to allow for changing market demands and working patterns.

Employment allocations should not be confined to B Class Uses only. There should be an acknowledgement in policy that other uses will contribute to employment. Similarly, it should be acknowledged that changing working patterns generally are likely to result in different types of demand for employment use for example, flexible spaces for transient working patterns, or home workers, self-workers, creative industries, café working, shared spaces, serviced office/meeting spaces – all of which may not fall under the traditional definition of ‘employment’. The policy should be flexible to future proof for different types of market demands and demographic needs for employment space.

Often employment uses are suited to smaller towns and rural service centres, especially where recent trends are seeing that travel to work patterns are reducing and employees seeking to work flexibly. Additionally, providing employment within these areas ensures that they maintain and improve vitality.

Similarly, the JCS should acknowledge that there may be instances where employment use can be lost to other more important / needed uses or where exceptional circumstances apply.

27 Mar 2019 12:12

There are adequate sites already allocated to meet any realistic forecast of

economic growth.


22 Mar 2019 16:05

There are adequate sites already allocated to meet any realistic forecast of economic growth.

22 Mar 2019 16:01

We do not feel qualified to answer this question.


22 Mar 2019 15:47
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