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PART 1 - Introduction

PART 1 - Introduction ‘The purpose of planning is to help achieve sustainable development...’ 1.1 In addition to the quote above, the ministerial foreword to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) says: ‘Sustainable means ensuring that better lives for ourselves don’t mean worse lives for future generations. Development means growth. We must accommodate the new ways by which we will earn our living in a competitive world. We must house a rising population, which is living longer and wants to make new choices. We must respond to the changes that new technologies offer us. Our lives, and the places in which we live, can be better, but they will certainly be worse if things stagnate. Sustainable development is about change for the better, and not only in our built environment. Our natural environment is essential to our wellbeing, and it can be better looked after than it has been. Habitats that have been degraded can be restored. Species that have been isolated can be reconnected. Green Belt land that has been depleted of diversity can be refilled by nature – and opened to people to experience it, to the benefit of body and soul. Our historic environment – buildings, landscapes, towns and villages – can better be cherished if their spirit of place thrives, rather than withers. Our standards of design can be so much higher. We are a nation renowned worldwide for creative excellence, yet, at home, confidence in development itself has been eroded by the too frequent experience of mediocrity. 1.2 1.3 So sustainable development is about positive growth – making economic, environmental and social progress for this and future generations. The planning system is about helping to make this happen.’ A key component in ‘helping to make this happen’ are development plan documents prepared by the Local Planning Authority. In a plan-led system, planning applications are required to be determined in accordance with the development plan unless material planning considerations indicate otherwise. In fulfilling this critical role, it is clearly important that the development plan is up-to-date and backed by sound evidence so that its policies can be relied upon by stakeholders and decision-takers. What is the Joint Core Strategy? (JCS) The JCS is an important part of the development plan for Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough and covers the area shown on the map on page 7. As a planning document, which looks to reflect the priorities of government, residents, businesses, local service providers and other stakeholders, the JCS has been prepared within the context of national policy and having regard to the diverse aspirations and local characteristics that make up the area. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 4

1.4 The JCS sets out the long-term vision and objectives for the area together with strategic policies for shaping new development and locations for new development up to 2031. Together, these policies help to provide a strategic planning framework for the JCS area, which guides future planning decisions and helps to achieve the overall vision for the area. 1.5 Whilst the JCS provides the higher level or strategic part of the development plan for the area, more detailed, locally-specific planning policies will be set out in the Gloucester City Plan, Cheltenham Plan and Tewkesbury Borough Plan, collectively called District plans. These will include local allocations of land for development and local policies to guide decisions on planning applications. They also form part of the development plan and will need to reflect and be consistent with the policies in the JCS as set out in the diagram on page 8. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 5

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