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JCS Proposed Main Modifications

PART 2 - Vision and Objectives

Proposed Modification Number: PMM001
Paragraph in Pre-Submission JCS: Part 2, paragraph 2.1

The Gloucester City Vision 2012-2022

Gloucester will be a flourishing, modern and ambitious City, which all residents can enjoy. We will work to encourage sustainable economic growth for the City’s expanding population by driving forward its regeneration programme.  This will strengthen the City, particularly its centre and make the most of our infrastructure.

Reason: Text added to update the City Vision

Proposed Modification Number: PMM002
Paragraph in Pre-Submission JCS: Part 2, paragraph 2.4

By 2031 Gloucester will have established its historic central core as a place for inward investment and opportunity. Key urban sites, including King’s Square, Greater Blackfriars, Greater Greyfriars and the railway corridor, will have been successfully regenerated to provide new jobs and housing within central areas of the City to meet the needs of its naturally growing population and to encourage inward investment. The King’s Quarter regeneration will have played a key role in increasing the vitality and viability of the City centre environment and shopping and leisure experience, combined with improved pedestrian, cycle and public transport improvements, including a new bus station. A vital and viable City centre will have raised Gloucester’s profile as a strong, well-connected and resilient location where people will be proud to live and work in the economic and administrative capital of Gloucestershire.

Reason: This section updated to reflect the ongoing work at Kings Quarter.

Proposed Modification Number: PMM003
Paragraph in Pre-Submission JCS: Part 2, paragraph 2.23

Areas of the borough which lie at the edges of Gloucester and Cheltenham will play an important role in accommodating development through urban extensions. to meet the needs of all three authorities.

Reason: This text deleted because of the changes to the apportionment mechanism in the JCS post interim report.

Proposed Modification Number: PMM004
Paragraph in Pre-Submission JCS: Part 2, paragraph 2.29

Gloucester and Cheltenham are the main economic hubs for Gloucestershire and draw in a significant number of commuters. This places a considerable strain on the central areas in terms of traffic congestion and pollution. Increasing self-containment remains a key challenge for the area. Offering alternative modes of transport (such as cycling or buses) is easier to achieve in the major urban areas which are compact and thus offer potential for improvements to public transport, local cycling and pedestrian links. However, in the rural areas, maintaining and improving public transport is more challenging.

A further key challenge in meeting the objectively assessed need for development in the JCS area is the degree to which land within the JCS area is significantly constrained by flood plain, areas of Green Belt and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The JCS authorities have reviewed the capacities of their urban areas, i.e. those sites which already have planning permission or which are part of planned regeneration, and found they can support just over 60% of the identified need.

While early consultations examined the possibility of focussing development solely on urban areas this was predicted to lead to adverse consequences to the economic growth of the area, and would be likely to result in harm to the amenity of the City and town through increases in density and the loss of open spaces. Through consultation the possibility of a new town taking the remainder of the development need, creating sustainable urban extensions to the existing City and town areas, or dispersing new development throughout all settlements in the area have been considered as options and tested through the Sustainability Appraisal. All of these potential solutions would lead to the development of areas currently within the Green Belt or AONB. The solution of identifying and allocating strategic allocations closest to where the development need is generated has been found to be the most sustainable and strongly supported through consultation. However, this has meant that in order to release land for development the existing Green Belt has been reviewed and a new Green Belt boundary has been required, creating new and lasting defensible boundaries for the designation.

Reason: Wording added to identify flood plain, AONB and Green Belt as key challenges to meeting need in the JCS area and how the spatial strategy sought to address these constraints.

Proposed Modification Number: PMM005
Paragraph in Pre-Submission JCS: Strategic Objective 1 - new bullet point

Ambition 1 – a thriving economy
Strategic Objective 1 – Building a strong and competitive urban economy

  • Increasing access to high speed broadband for both urban and rural areas, to drive investment and employment opportunities and to enhance quality of life and access to services

Reason: Objective 1, Provision of high speed broadband emphasised as an important part of economic growth. To reflect this, it is now specifically mentioned as a plan objective, whereas before it was a monitoring indicator. This reflects the inspector’s remarks on this topic during examination.

Proposed Modification Number: PMM006
Paragraph in Pre-Submission JCS: Strategic Objective 4 & 6, 4th bullet point

Ambition 2 – a sustainable natural, built and historic environment
Strategic Objective 4 – Conserving and enhancing the environment

  • Within the JCS Development Plan, review the current Green Belt boundary with a view to releasing land to help meet the long-term development needs of the area that cannot be accommodated elsewhere, whilst providing a long-term permanent boundary for the future.

Strategic Objective 6 - Meeting the challenges of climate change

  • Encouraging and facilitating the development of low- and zero-carbon energy development and the implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) in accordance with existing standards and, where appropriate, exceeding them.

Reason: Objective 4 – Change to “Development Plan” to indicate that district plans can also make local changes to the Green Belt as per the revised policy SD6.

Objective 6, Changed to reflect changes in national policy and guidance on the role of planning in regard to this topic.

Proposed Modification Number: PMM007
Paragraph in Pre-Submission JCS: Strategic Objective 7, 8 & 9

Ambition 3 - a healthy, safe and inclusive community
Strategic Objective 7 – Promoting sustainable transport

Reduce the need to travel and the reliance on the car by:

  • Improving opportunities for public transport, walking and cycling by making routes more convenient, safe and attractive
  • Improving existing and providing new frequent public transport links and safe walking and cycling routes in all new developments
  • Improving access to services in rural and urban areas through new development, improved integrated transport links and supporting local and community led transport initiatives in the Local Transport Plan throughout the JCS area
  • Promoting bus priority on key public transport corridors identified in the Local Transport Plan throughout the JCS area.

Strategic Objective 8 – Delivering a wide choice of quality

  • Delivering, at least, a sufficient number of market and affordable housing houses

Strategic Objective 9 – Promoting healthy communities

  • In partnership with others, creating stronger communities by reducing inequality and social exclusion, enhancing opportunities for high quality education, and thereby increasing social well-being
  • In partnership with others, encouraging healthy lifestyles and a well society through access to key community facilities and services, including sport, recreation and leisure facilities, open spaces and sustainable transport, including public transport.

Reason: Strategic Objective 8, clarifying that housing provision is “at least” in accordance with NPPFs requirement to provide a wide choice of high quality homes.

Objective 9, additional text further emphasising the role of education, sport and public transport in promoting healthy communities.

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