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Joint Core Strategy 2010 - Part 1

Joint Core Strategy - Part 1

4 Strategic Objectives

4.1 Meeting this vision will necessitate the Councils setting the following strategic objectives in key areas and delivering this change through the identification of suitable opportunities for change and the partnerships and organisations that will help to deliver this change.

1. Regeneration

4.2 To socially, economically and physically regenerate Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury through GHURC and Civic pride and Tewkesbury Masterplan along with other initiatives.  To tackle inequality to reduce social exclusion, unemployment and improve access to services and provision across the whole area and especially within the most deprived wards of Westgate, Barton and Tredworth (Gloucester), St Paul's, Hester's Way (Cheltenham) and Prior's Park (Tewkesbury Borough), through the participation of all in the development of the Local Development Framework.  To conserve and enhance local character and distinctiveness, ensuring all development is of excellent design with high quality materials to enhance the historic, built and natural environment.

            Key Issues: B, C, G, N, H
2. Jobs and economy

4.3 To provide for business growth and development to strengthen the economic base of the sub-region.  By securing high-quality economic development, including office provision in Gloucester city centre, creative industries in Cheltenham, diversifying employment types in Tewkesbury and providing for rural employment needs through the provision of sustainable sites and infrastructure, such as high speed broadband.  To create a quality commercial sector while protecting existing employment sites and delivering key infrastructure.  To improve and develop a complementary retail offer to more effectively compete with larger centres, by a positive and proactive "city/town centre first" approach.  By redeveloping Kings Quarter area and Gloucester Quays, expanding Cheltenham town centre and through a vibrant Tewkesbury town centre, as well as retaining local centres across the JCS area.

      Key Issues: A, B, C, E, F, G, I, N
3. Housing

4.4 Provide enough housing on suitable deliverable sites of the right size, type and tenure in sustainable locations that protect the quality environment of the Joint Core Strategy area.  The housing will comprise high quality, locally distinctive, sustainable developments.  To meet the needs of all age groups and communities, including provision for gypsy, traveller and showmens guild sites.

      Key Issues:     B, D, G, I, K, L
4. Skills and Education

4.5 To encourage further education and training for all ages, agreements to secure employment and training opportunities for local people, particularly the long term unemployed, through co-ordination of Gloucestershire College and Gloucestershire University with the business community.  To improve schools and create new ones and provide an enriching environment for learning and developing.

      Key Issues: E, F, G, N
5. Access to services and healthcare

4.6 To complement the priorities of our partners by providing greenspace within urban areas and urban fringes and improving access to the countryside through the retention and development of a comprehensive green infrastructure network.  To improve physical and mental well-being, to improve access to services in rural and urban areas through improved transport links and complementary of settlements.  To ensure access to local services through the provision of community facilities.  To reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime and reduce deprivation by designing out crime, partnership working and funding for infrastructure and services.  To ensure elderly residents have access to the services, support and information they need.

            Key Issues: A, G, H, I N
6. Transport

4.7 To provide innovative transport solutions accommodated through planning and urban design to increase use of public transport, walking, cycling, powered two-wheelers.  To reduce private car usage, tackle congestion and increase safety for all users and contribute to people's quality of life by ensuring sufficient infrastructure is provided.  To also improve green infrastructure opportunities with urban and rural areas to provide movement corridors and improved permeability.

      Key Issues: B, H, I, K
7. Flooding

4.8 To reduce the risk of flooding on residents and infrastructure by ensuring the design and location of developments meets the sequential test and prioritise areas of lowest flood risk.  Working with partners to reduce flood risk through effective surface water management and water course management, especially River Severn, River Avon, Horsbere Brook, River Chelt, as well as managing greenfield run off and incorporating the work of SWMP, SFRA levels 1 and 2 and water cycle strategies.  Development will not deteriorate the quality of surface and groundwater and will contribute to meeting the WFD objective of good status in water bodies.  A holistic SUDS solution will be applied to all developments to ensure runoff is appropriately attenuated, treated and used within the development site to enhance its amenity and biodiversity value.

            Key Issues: H, I, J, K, L
8. Natural Environment

4.9 To work with partners to protect, manage and enhance biodiversity and the natural environment including SSSIs, AONB, areas of landscape and biodiversity importance and locally important wildlife sites.  To make full and efficient use of previously developed land in recognition of the physical constraints to development posed by flood zones and the need to protect landscape and wildlife areas.  To be achieved through a co-ordinated approach to the management of all green infrastructure, to increase access and enhance activity for all.

            Key Issues: H, I, J, K, L, N
9. Climate Change

4.10 To mitigate contributions to climate change, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable and low carbon energy production, to also assist with reducing fuel poverty.  To manage waste in a sustainable way by reducing waste and increasing recycling.  This will also be achieved through ambitious targets for sustainable building, renewable energy, sustainable transport, as well as promoting and protecting local food produce and agricultural land where possible, protecting allotments and open space.

      Key Issues: H, I, J, K, L, N
10. Culture, leisure and tourism

4.11 To develop the Joint Core Strategy area's role as a destination within the South West by enhancing the culture, leisure and tourism offer, capitalising on the area's important heritage and open countryside.  To enhance the area through completion of redevelopment of Gloucester Docks; Blackfriars; public realm improvements through GHURC, Civic Pride and Tewkesbury Masterplan; a thriving events, festival and theatre programme across the Joint Core Strategy area.  Supported by sufficient hotel provision, high quality venues, thriving museums, galleries and sports facilities.  To provide equal opportunities for activities and events for all, including disabled, vulnerable, young and older persons.

            Key Issues: B, C, F, K, I, M

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