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Table SD4d Masterplans

Table SD4d Masterplans and Design Briefs to be provided to support planning applications will encompass: (i) A vision which should: • Exhibit a high level of ambition and design quality for the creation of tomorrow’s places which could be created building on the overall vision for the district and town; • Show how the vision is guided by achieving a distinctive identity and a strong sense of place that is derived from an understanding of the characteristics of the site, its history and its geography. This will be essential in ensuring the delivery of a place which demonstrates an enduring quality. (ii) A masterplan which should: • Demonstrate a robust design process including an in-depth assessment of the site and its context and constraints, and identifying those issues that have informed the vision for and design of the development; • Show how consultation with the existing community has been incorporated; • Show that the design requirements of the scheme work within the vision, and clearly demonstrate how the vision may be achieved; • Define and respond to local context and create or reinforce local distinctiveness; • Demonstrate a consideration of heritage assets and their setting, assessing the effects of the proposed development and measures proposed to avoid substantial harm; • Show a clear development structure and design concept that facilitates and encourages the delivery of all amenities, services and behaviours needed to support sustainable lifestyles; • Explain the key elements and development principles of the masterplan to create a simple, robust and structuring framework for development that fixes land use and density, movement and connectivity, and open space and landscape; • Set out the extent to which it is attempting to impose uniformity across the development areas • Contain strategic urban design principles that will be used to inform subsequent detailed designs, securely founded on good practice in terms of form, function and ongoing management; • Adequately set out the design quality standards for architecture, public realm and landscape • Contain a mechanism for delivering the vision at more detailed stages, for example design coding. (iii) A design brief which should demonstrate: • Good levels of integration with the surrounding area both built and natural, in particular maximising existing and potential movement connections with the existing environment to encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport; • A quality of development that creates a positive sense of place and identity through the application of high-quality urban, architectural and landscape design; • High level of accessibility to community facilities and local services, including facilitating access to, and where appropriate, efficient routing for high quality public transport; • Community facilities, suitable infrastructure and other amenities to meet the needs of all the community, including the provision of education and training facilities, health care, community, leisure and recreation facilities; • A clear structure of open spaces and landscape network to ensure that open space standards are met and that the new spaces relate well to each other and to existing areas; • How sustainability matters addressed by other policies of the development plan and the NPPF and national PPG - such as those relating to biodiversity, climate change, flooding, historic environment, waste and pollution, safety, green space, and culture and tourism - have been taken into account, including the efficient use of resources both during construction and when the development is complete. 4.5.12 This policy will primarily be delivered through the development management process. Where appropriate, design review panels may be used. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 46

SD5 – GREEN BELT Background 4.5.1 4.5.2 4.5.3 Green Belt is a policy designation which keeps land permanently open to prevent urban sprawl. The Green Belt in the JCS area seeks to prevent the coalescence of Cheltenham and Gloucester, and Cheltenham and Bishop’s Cleeve. The Green Belt serves five purposes: • To check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas; • To prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another; • To assist in safeguarding the countryside from encroachment; • To preserve the setting and special character of historic towns; • To assist in urban regeneration, by encouraging the recycling of derelict and other urban land. Throughout the development of the JCS, we have consulted on the spatial strategy for the plan. The history of the consultations on this issue is included in the JCS Spatial Options Topic Paper 2013 which is available to view as part of the JCS evidence base. The principle of urban extensions to Cheltenham and Gloucester has consistently been deemed the most sustainable throughout the history of this work, and no other option has gained significant support during consultation. When alternative options, such as creating a new large settlement in the JCS area, or significant rural redistribution, have been tested through Sustainability Appraisal, they have performed poorly. Further information on the consultation and sustainability testing of alternative spatial strategies can be found in the JCS Spatial Options Topic Paper. In order for Cheltenham and Gloucester to grow, both in population and economically, land must be made available for sustainable urban extensions. To fail to do so would significantly limit future opportunities for new housing and jobs. Given that development of strategic scale would normally be unsuitable because of the landscape designation status of the AONB and in areas of heightened flood risk in accordance with the NPPF, the Green Belt is the only available reasonable option for urban extensions in most cases within the JCS area. It is for these reasons the Councils considered a Green Belt review was appropriate. 4.5.4 4.5.5 4.5.6 4.5.7 The JCS authorities commissioned AMEC to carry out a Green Belt Assessment in 2011 which is available to view as part of the JCS evidence base. This work represents the most up-to-date evidence on this topic and provides an independent evaluation of the wider Green Belt within the JCS area. It is a comprehensive assessment which considers how strategic segments of the Green Belt perform against the purposes of including land within Green Belt. The work of AMEC follows from and assesses the Cheltenham Green Belt Review (2007) undertaken by AERC. This earlier study assesses the Green Belt within Cheltenham Borough only. The process by which the Green Belt Assessment was used to inform the selection of broad locations and Strategic Allocations for development is detailed in the JCS 2013 Strategic Allocations Report (Examination Document EBLO102). The Green Belt in the JCS area was a significant topic of discussion as part of the JCS examination. Further work was undertaken by the JCS authorities and is set out in the ‘Green Belt topic paper’ (examination document 142) and the ‘Green Belt, Safeguarded Land and Spatial Strategy Update Paper’ (examination document 196). The JCS reflects this further work. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 47

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