Call for sites
Cotswold District Council has begun a ‘Call for Sites’ for potential housing (including sites for accommodating gypsies and travelling show people) employment, retail, commercial, community and/or other uses. The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 August 2019.
The Call for Sites will inform the Council’s Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) and other Local Plan evidence documents. The SHELAA provides a broad-brush assessment of the development potential of sites across the District. Whilst this is separate from the Local Plan site allocation process, it will inform future reviews of the Local Plan.
The Council requests that anyone who has previously submitted sites to the SHELAA should reconfirm their interest and inform the Council of any recent progress in bringing sites forward for development.
Anyone wishing to submit a site or building for potential development in Cotswold District can do so by completing a site submission form and providing a brief description of the proposal, details of site ownership and a map (preferably 1:1250 scale) with the site area outlined in red. Site submission forms are available to download from the Council’s website:
- download the submission form
Paper copies are available at the Council's Trinity Road office in Cirencester.
The Council encourages site submissions to be made in electronic format although paper versions of submissions are also acceptable. Submission can be made to:
- Email: Local.Plan@cotswold.gov.uk (email limit is 10 MB)
- Post: Forward Planning, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX.
Housing land supply report 2019
Each year we need to update our supply of housing against our housing requirement for the next five years. For details of how we calculate the District’s five year supply of housing and the position as of 1 April 2017, please:
We are updating the five year housing land supply as of 1 April 2019. We have produced a draft report which sets out the assumptions that have been used to predict how many homes will be delivered on sites across the District in the next five years. We would like feedback on this draft report to make sure that the five year housing land supply is realistic. To view the draft Housing Land Supply Report (2019) and its appendices please:
- download Housing Land Supply Report (2019) – draft for feedback)
- download Housing Land Supply Report (2019) Appendices – draft for feedback)
Comment on the housing land supply report 2019
To comment on the report please put your comments in a table and add the paragraph number, table or figure number that you are commenting on and email them to:
- email Local Plan team by Friday 19 July
A summary of your feedback and the Council’s response(s) to your feedback will be added to a separate appendix to the Housing Land Supply Report. The appendix will also give the names of the person or organisation that has given the feedback.
Cirencester futures conference – 29 January 2019
Mary Portas and Bill Grimsey are salient amongst those calling for a new concept for the high street. The issue is acknowledged by central government and major media such as the BBC. The main message is that to ensure longevity and future high street health there needs to be less reliance on traditional retailing and a more mixed-use approach that encompasses residential, leisure, services and business, alongside a more internet-savvy retail sector.
The recently-adopted Cotswold District Local Plan sets out a strategy for the town centre and commits the council to preparation of a masterplan in the form of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The district council has partnered with Cirencester Town Council to incorporate the SPD into a Neighbourhood Development Plan that the Town Council will shortly begin preparing.
It is critically important that these plans are based on solid evidence-based understanding of the issues facing the town centre – including “macro” issues relating to the impact of the internet on retailing. The purpose of the conference therefore is for key stakeholders, planners, politicians and others to obtain a firm grasp of the issues that may affect Cirencester town centre in future and to achieve a degree of consensus as to how these issues may be tackled through the masterplan SPD and the Neighbourhood Plan. We may only end up with a set of questions – but so long as they are the right questions, we will be on the right track.
Background documents and information
- 2.a Thought Starters
- 2.b Grimsey Review
- 2.c BBC High Street Article 03 12 2018 (audio file)
- 2.d High Street UK 2020 - Executive Summary
- 2.e High Street UK 2020 - Identifying factors
- 2.f The Future High Street
- 2.g The High Street Report
- 2.h Key Facts - Cirencester Town Health Check
- 2.i Cirencester Town Centre Health Check (online)
- 2.j Cirencester Town Centre Health Check (pdf)
- 2.k Cirencester Town Centre Health Check podcast
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
For more information on CIL please:
Neighbourhood Development Plans
Neighbourhood plans are community-led and the role of the local planning authority in neighbourhood planning is to provide advice or assistance to the Parish Council (or qualifying body) that is producing the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Forward Planning Team forms part of the Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Team, and provides the following on Neighbourhood Plans being developed within the District:
- advice and comments on draft policies and proposals,
- information from within the local plan evidence base, and
- assessment or ‘screening’ as to whether a sustainable environmental assessment (SEA) is required.
For further information on Neighbourhood Planning please
In October 2017 The Council received the candidate status for the Building with Nature award for its Green Infrastructure (GI) , Open Space and Play Strategy.
We are currently updating the strategy, in particular the GI elements of it, in order to obtain the gold award.
The Strategy guides the design and delivery of green infrastructure in the Cotswold District and in particular the 17 main settlements.
The key green infrastructure themes of this document are linked to what they contribute and how they can contribute to (in no particular order) Wildlife, Water Resources and Wellbeing.
Local Plan Review
The National Planning Policy Framework requires the Council to update its Local Plan every five years.