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Ambition 2 – A

Ambition 2 – A sustainable natural, built and historic environment Strategic Objective 4 – Conserving and enhancing the environment Ensure that planning policy and decisions: • Protect and enhance the JCS area’s unique historic environment, archaeological heritage and geological assets; • Conserve, manage and enhance the area’s unique natural environment and great biodiversity, including its waterways, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the Cotswolds AONB, and areas of landscape and biodiversity importance, and maximise the opportunities to use land to manage flood water; • Require that all new developments, wherever possible, supports green infrastructure and improves existing green infrastructure within urban and rural areas to provide movement corridors for people and wildlife; • Within the 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 5 – Delivering excellent design in new development Ensure that all new developments are valued by residents by: Strategic Objective 6 – Meeting the challenges of climate change Make the fullest contribution possible to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy, by: • Making the best use of land by maximising the use of previously-developed land and encouraging higher-density developments in central locations, whilst promoting food security by protecting the highest-grade agricultural land and allotments; • Reducing the use of fossil fuels by increasing selfcontainment of settlements through mixed-use developments and providing new developments in sustainable locations; • In partnership with others, promoting the efficient use of natural resources, the re-use and recycling of resources, the production and consumption of renewable energy and the decentralisation of energy generation; • Encouraging and facilitating low and zero-carbon energy development and the implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS); • Ensuring that new development is located in areas which are not liable to flooding, that existing infrastructure is adequately protected from the threat of flooding, and that existing flood defences are protected and enhanced. • Integrating them well with existing communities and providing well-located infrastructure which meets the needs of residents; • Creating a strong sense of place through high quality and inclusive design that respects and enhances local distinctiveness. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 14

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 homes Strategic Objective 9 – Promoting healthy communities Promote development that contributes to a healthy population by: • Providing for good access to the countryside and all open spaces through the retention and development of a comprehensive green infrastructure network; • 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 • Ensuring that environmental quality and air quality is protected. Deliver good-quality new housing to meet the needs of the current and future population and ensure greater affordability for all sectors of the community by: • Delivering, at least, a sufficient number of market and affordable houses; • Delivering residential developments that are supported by the necessary transport, community and social infrastructure, such as schools, open space, playing pitches and health facilities; • Delivering housing of the right size, type and tenure to ensure the creation of mixed communities located in sustainable locations with good access to jobs and services; • Meeting the housing needs of all age groups, vulnerable groups, and Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 15

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