‘Green to the Core’ Local Plan consultation

Residents are invited to give their views on updates to Cotswold District Council’s adopted Local Plan (2011 – 2031) to make it ‘Green to the Core’.

The consultation builds on the public feedback received in 2022 at the previous ‘Issues and Options’ stage of plan-making. The consultation also responds to changes in national guidance and new evidence-based studies that inform the Local Plan Update.

Key policy updates include:

  • A requirement to deliver net zero homes that are affordable to run
  • Increasing the supply of affordable housing
  • A requirement to install defibrillators on new developments
  • Strengthening the requirement to deliver infrastructure in a timely manner
  • Increasing protection to help retain existing rural employment sites
  • Placing greater emphasis on developers to enhance cycleways and footpaths, and ensuring new homes have good access to local services and facilities
  • Requiring developers to deliver nature recovery and net improvements to local biodiversity
  • Supporting the creation of a new country-style park at the Sherborne Park Estate.

The consultation will run alongside the Cirencester Town Centre Framework Masterplan consultation, which is a Supplementary Planning Document that builds upon and provides more detailed advice and guidance on policies in the Local Plan.

Residents can speak to staff at two public events covering the Local Plan and Cirencester Town Centre Framework Masterplan consultations. The event details as follows:

  • Wednesday, 21 February from10am until 8pm at the Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester, GL7 2BX
  • Wednesday 6 March from10am until 8pm at Redesdale Hall, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AX

Views on the Local Plan can be given on the Council’s digital engagement site from 1 February to 24 March 2024.