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Vision By 2031

Vision By 2031 Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough will have continued to develop as highly attractive and accessible places in which to live, work and socialise. The Joint Core Strategy area will be recognised nationally as enjoying a vibrant, competitive economy with increased job opportunities and a strong reputation for being an attractive place in which to invest. The character and identity of individual communities will have been retained while improved access to housing will have addressed the needs of young families, single people and the elderly. New developments will have been built to the highest possible standards of design and focused on protecting the quality and distinctiveness of each community. Established in sustainable locations, without increasing the risk of flooding, they will have been designed with sensitivity towards existing villages, towns and cities and with respect for the natural and built environment. As a result of a strong commitment to the housing and employment needs of the existing and growing population, all residents and businesses will benefit from the improved infrastructure, which will include roads, public transport and services, and community facilities. Area descriptions What does the vision mean for Gloucester City and adjoining communities? 2.6 2.7 The historic cathedral City of Gloucester is the county town for Gloucestershire. It is bordered by the flood plains of the River Severn and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal to the west, the motorway and rising land to the east and south, linking into the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and agricultural land to the north and east. Robinswood Hill and Churchdown Hill form two local landmarks. The City is a growing and transforming place and is delivering an ambitious regeneration programme with the overall aim of revitalising the City and its centre. By 2031 Gloucester will have established its historic central core as a place for inward investment and opportunity. Key urban sites, including King’s Square, Greater Blackfriars, Greater Greyfriars and the railway corridor, will have been successfully regenerated to provide new jobs and housing within central areas of the City to meet the needs of its naturally growing population and to encourage inward investment. The King’s Quarter regeneration will have played a key role in increasing the vitality and viability of the City centre environment, shopping and leisure experience, combined with improved pedestrian, cycle and public transport improvements, including the new bus station. A vital and viable City centre will have raised Gloucester’s profile as a strong, well-connected 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 and resilient location where people will be proud to live and work in the economic and administrative capital of Gloucestershire. However, there is limited capacity to accommodate all these competing development objectives within the urban area. Consequently, some peripheral development is needed to achieve these. New high-quality business parks will be developed to retain and attract investment, thereby supporting the economic resilience of Gloucester City and the surrounding area. The waterfront will be embraced, reinforcing links between the river and canal, regeneration areas and the City centre and raising the profile of its architectural history and Roman origins. In turn, this will improve investor confidence and tourist appeal. Its links with the A40 corridor and with Cheltenham will be used to support the potential of the City to attract investors and visitors alike. Gloucester’s natural environment will continue to be safeguarded and improved, particularly through the protection and enhancement of landscape features and key habitats within the City’s boundary, such as Robinswood Hill and adjacent to it at Chosen Hill. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 8

What does the vision mean for Cheltenham Borough and adjoining communities? 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 Cheltenham’s development pattern is encompassed on all sides by the Cotswolds AONB and Green Belt. Within the borough are a number of villages such as Prestbury, Leckhampton, Charlton Kings and Swindon Village which, although significantly influenced by the expansion of Cheltenham, retain their own character and ‘village’ feel. The town is characterised by its high-quality historic environment, set within a formal garden townscape and a wider open landscape, defined by the Cotswolds AONB and the Green Belt. This is effective in delineating Cheltenham from the neighbouring City of Gloucester and the settlement of Bishop’s Cleeve. Public consultation has emphasised the importance of retaining the separation of Cheltenham and protecting the qualities which make the borough unique. Cheltenham will continue to follow the principles that has seen it referred to as ‘a town within a park’, retaining its Regency character, tree-lined promenades and streets, and attractive green spaces and squares, while creating contemporary, new developments. The town itself will continue to be a subregional focal point for economic and cultural activity and, therefore, it is important that the borough makes provision for affordable housing, jobs, infrastructure and facilities over the next 20 years to support mixed and balanced communities and attract inward investment. However, there is limited capacity to accommodate all these competing development objectives within the urban area. Consequently, some peripheral development is needed. 2.16 2.17 The borough has an ageing stock of employment sites and in recent times companies have relocated away from the area. This could be addressed through the provision of high-quality, modern premises both in the town centre and in the form of a number of appropriatescale business parks elsewhere in the borough in order to retain and attract investment, thereby supporting the economic resilience of Cheltenham and the wider JCS area. Retail and tourism will continue to make a major contribution to Cheltenham’s economy. In order to ensure this, Cheltenham Development Task Force will deliver new sites through the redevelopment of North Place and Royal Well, improving links with the Lower High Street, Brewery and Montpellier shopping areas. The Cheltenham Development Task Force has been working extensively with Network Rail and Great Western Railways to improve the Cheltenham Spa station, a station that is the busiest in the County with in excess of 2m passenger movements per year. The scheme is made up of a series of components including improved cycling & pedestrian access, access for all upgrades, decked car parking and improved bus / taxi / private vehicle interchange; the latter funded through GFirst LEP. The total value of the scheme will be around £5m which will be triggered after Network Rail have completed the extension to the northbound platform in 2017 to allow for the new inter-city express trains that come into service in 2018. This will build capacity, along with further improvements as the Strategic Allocations at West and North West Cheltenham are built out. Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy 2011-2031 Adopted December 2017 9

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