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Council confirms submission of draft Local Plan for independent examination

Cotswold District Council is issuing a formal notice to confirm that both the draft Local Plan and the draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the District were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 7 July 2017.

This paved the way for the appointment of a planning inspector to examine the draft Local Plan and the CIL.  It is anticipated that the hearings will take place during October and November, and could possibly spill over into early December if necessary.  Once the dates are confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised, made available online and also sent to all respondents.

To view the submitted draft Local Plan and Draft CIL and supporting documents, please:

To assist with the Local Plan and CIL examination process, the Council has appointed Tracey Smith, an independent Programme Officer whose contact details are as follows:

Tracey will maintain an examination library – including core documents and examination documents - at the Programme Office and also online at the examination website. Anyone wishing to view paper copies should contact the Programme Officer on 07989 582 577 and Tracey will be happy to assist. 

Electronic copies are available to view at:

  • The Council offices in Cirencester (open Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm) and
  • Moreton Area Centre (opening times available at www.cotswold.gov.uk/support/contact-us/) and
  • Libraries in Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Cirencester, Fairford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury, and Lechlade. For library opening times call 0845 230 5420 or check online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries

Consultation on Focussed Changes Addendum to Local Plan Submission Draft (now closed)

Focussed Changes are specific alterations that the Council wishes to make to the Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031: Submission Draft Reg.19, published in June 2016. The Focussed Changes have been proposed in response to:

  1. soundness issues raised in response to the public consultation carried out during July/August 2016; and
  2. evidence and/or guidance that has emerged recently. 

Representations made in response to this consultation should consider whether the Local Plan Submission Draft, as amended by the Focussed Changes, has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is ‘sound’. The tests of ‘soundness’ are set out in national policy as follows:

  • Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  • Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.

A plan is deemed to be sound by an Inspector if it has been positively prepared, and is justified, effective and consistent with national policy. 

The Focussed Changes Addendum was made available for public consultation from Monday 16 January until 5pm on Monday 27 February 2017.

To view the  The Focussed changes addendum to the Local Plan submission draft 

Where possible, representations should have been supported by evidence showing why the Submission Draft, as amended by the Focussed Changes, should be changed. Representations should cover - succinctly - all the information, evidence and supporting information necessary to support/justify the representation and the suggested change. There will not normally be a subsequent opportunity to make further submissions - that would be only at the request of the Inspector, based on the matters and issues he/she identifies for examination.

Two drop in sessions, where officers were available to answer any queries, took place on:

  • Tuesday 24 January from 2pm to 6.30pm at the Committee Rooms, Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester.
  • Tuesday 14 February from 2pm to 6.30pm at Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

The Council have now submitted the Focussed Changes Addendum (December 2016) and the Local Plan Submission Draft (June 2016) to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The following documents are also available to view:

  • Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031: Submission Draft Reg.19 (June 2016)
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • Consultation Statement
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment
  • the Statement of Representations Procedure and
  • the Statement of Availability of Inspection.  
  • You can also view other supporting documents on the Evidence base and monitoring web page.

Consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy Draft Charging Schedule (now closed)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) enables Local Planning Authorities to raise funds from developers when carrying out new projects in their area; this enables us to pay for infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. The CIL is tariff-based and is set out in a Charging  Schedule, which states how much developers would be expected to contribute towards infrastructure.

From Monday 31 October until 5pm on Monday 28 November, comments were sought on

  • The CIL Draft Charging Schedule
  • Draft Regulation 123 List; and
  • Draft Instalments Policy.

For further information please see:

Consultation on Submission Draft Local Plan (now closed)

The Council have prepared a Local Plan which we'll to submit to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Local Plan relates to the whole District and provides a strategy for for delivering growth for Cotswold District up to 2031.

Consultation on the Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031: Submission Draft Reg. 19 (June 2016) took place between Monday 27 June until midnight on Monday 8 August 2016.

Consultation on Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule (now closed)

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) enables Local Planning Authorities to raise funds from developers when undertaking new projects in their area, in order to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. The CIL is a tariff based approach set out in a Charging  Schedule, which indicates how much developers would be expected to contribute towards infrastructure.

On 16 June 2016, Cabinet recommended that the CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule be consulted upon. The CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule is now available for public comment.  The consultation  took place between Monday 27 June until midnight on Monday 8 August 2016

For further information see:

Cabinet recommends approval of draft Local Plan

Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet convened on 21 April for a special meeting to discuss the draft Local Plan. After a lengthy and inclusive debate including wide-ranging input from many Ward Members, the Cabinet recommended that the Draft Submission Local Plan for the District should be approved when the full Council meets on Tuesday 17 May. If the Members vote to approve it, the draft Plan should be ready for final approval of any minor amendments by Cabinet and then submission to the government later this year.  An independent inspector will then be appointed by the government to conduct a public examination which will consider whether the Local Plan should go forward for formal adoption by the Council, providing a blueprint for development until 2031.

CDC planners consulted the public early in 2015 on Development Strategy and Site Allocations documents and then later the same year on draft Development Management policies.  They took those views into account, along with a wide range of supporting evidence, when compiling the Draft Submission Local Plan.  Should the Council approve the Plan on 17 May, it will then undergo the formal, focused consultation which seeks responses on matters such as whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound.

Commenting on the Cabinet’s recommendation, Cllr Nick Parsons, the Cotswold District Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, said:

“We are currently on course to send the Submission Plan to the government during the Autumn. We have had some criticism about the time taken to get to this stage, but our officers have had to get through an enormous amount of work gathering evidence to shape the Plan.  It is worth stressing that – once approved – we will have a whole Local Plan for Cotswold District which is fully compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).   This means that it will include a development strategy, site allocations to deliver the strategy, and a full range of policies to deliver the Plan’s objectives. Only a handful of local authorities in England have adopted a whole Local Plan which is NPPF-compliant.

“If Council Members approve the Draft Submission version of the Plan on 17 May, we will send a newsletter to all households in the District, explaining how we formulated our key policies in line with national planning policy requirements.  The newsletter will also include details about the formal procedure for commenting on this version of the Plan.”

Council confirms submission of draft Local Plan and Community Infrastructure Levy for independent examination. 

Cotswold District Council is issuing a formal notice to confirm that both the draft Local Plan and the draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the District were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 7 July 2017.

This paved the way for the appointment of a planning inspector to examine the draft Local Plan and the CIL.  It is anticipated that the hearings will take place during October and November, and could possibly spill over into early December if necessary.  Once the dates are confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised, made available online and also sent to all respondents.

The submitted draft Local Plan and supporting documents can be viewed on the Local Plan examination website: www.cotswold.gov.uk/lpexamination  

The submitted Draft CIL and supporting documents can be viewed on the CIL examination website: www.cotswold.gov.uk/cilexamination  

To assist with the Local Plan and CIL examination process, the Council has appointed an independent Programme Officer whose contact details are as follows:

Tracey Smith

Programme Officer for Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 & CIL Examinations

Chairman’s Office

Cotswold District Council

Trinity Road

Cirencester

GL7 1PX

Email: tracey.smith@cotswold.gov.uk

Tracey will maintain an examination library – comprising core documents and examination documents - at the Programme Office and also online at the examination website.  Anyone wishing to view paper copies should contact the Programme Officer on 07989 582 577 and Tracey will be happy to assist. 

Electronic copies are available to view at CDCs offices in Cirencester (open Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm) and Moreton Area Centre (opening times available at www.cotswold.gov.uk/support/contact-us/) and also at libraries in Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Cirencester, Fairford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury, and Lechlade.  For library opening times call 0845 230 5420 or check online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries(opens in a new window).

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) April 2016 - March 2019

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a three year project plan for the period April 2016 to March 2019.  It sets out the programme of work to be done by the Cotswold District Council to establish the Local Plan for the district. Local planning authorities need to produce an LDS as set out in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, as amended in Section 111 of the Localism Act 2011.

Public consultation on proposed Planning policies has closed

The Local Plan Reg 18 consultation on Planning policies closed on Monday 21 December 2015. In this consultation we set out proposed Planning policies for the district which will guide decisions on the use and development of land. To view the document and comments that have been submitted, please view:

The study of land surrounding key settlements

The update of The Study of Land Surrounding Key Settlements Report has been done - please see the reports below:

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was first adopted in January 2007 and sets out how the Council will engage with the community when preparing planning documents and its policy for consulting on planning applications. In 2010 and 2012 some minor changes were made.

Since the adoption of the SCI, there have been significant changes to the planning system including the introduction of the 2012 Town and Country Planning Regulations, the Localism Act 2011 and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The latest SCI underwent a period of public consultation, was amended accordingly and adopted by the Council on 4 September 2014. The latest and previous versions of the SCI are available on the download options below, together with an adoption statement.

Learning lessons from Gloucestershire’s first Local Plan examination  

The planning inspector’s report for the Stroud District Local Plan highlights that the process is extremely challenging but provides useful learning points for this Council. For more information please see:

Future growth of Cirencester

Please see: The Future Growth of Cirencester information leaflet

Neighbourhood Planning

For information about or to log a community's interest in developing a plan please visit:

Planning fact sheets

These fact sheets have been produced for Cotswold District to help explain the planning system and give an overview of the issues listed below:

Get help with planning matters

To find out how to get help with Planning matters please visit:

The National Planning Policy Framework

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