Consultations on Non-Strategic Site Allocations Selection Methodology and Guidance on Major Development in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Cotswold District Council is undertaking a public consultation from Thursday 16 February 2023 to Thursday 16 March 2023 to seek feedback on two Local Plan evidence documents. Both consultation documents are unavoidably technical in nature and responses are primarily sought from those with technical expertise. However, the consultation is open to anyone who wishes to respond.

Non-Strategic Site Allocations Selection Methodology

No sites are being recommended for development in this consultation. The consultation instead seeks views on the various criteria that will help the Council to select the most sustainable sites for development in the Local Plan.

Guidance on major development in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (National Landscape)

The guidance provides a two-stage process to help establish:

  • whether development proposals are “major development” in the context of the Cotswolds AONB / National Landscape; and
  • whether there are any “exceptional circumstances” for major development in the AONB and whether the development is in the public interest.

Feedback is invited on whether this guidance can be improved in any way.

How to respond

The two consultation documents, the consultation questions and further information about the consultation can be accessed via the Council’s online consultation system (Commonplace).

Respondents are encouraged to use the online system, which reduces the time it takes to collate the responses. Alternatively, people can respond via email to or write to Forward Planning, Cotswold District Council, Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, GL7 1PX.