Assessment of Land Availability
We carry out assessments of the suitability of land for a variety of uses including housing, employment and Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. These help us to understand the amount and type of development we can deliver through the Joint Core Strategy (covering Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury) and the Tewkesbury Borough Plan.
To inform these assessments we carry out a 'call for sites' on an annual basis and accept submissions until 31 March each year. If you know of any sites which may be suitable for future development, please submit details of them to the Planning Policy Team. To be included in the next update, please submit your proposals by 31 March 2014.
Submissions should be made using the downloadable form below (paper copies are available on request) and supporting information can also be sent in. All submissions must be accompanied by a map showing the site boundaries. Please be aware that not all sites we receive will be considered appropriate to be included within future planning policy documents. This is particularly the case where a site is small or constrained by local issues such as flood risk.
All submissions should be sent to the Planning Policy Team either:
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
by post: Planning Policy, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT
The 2012/13 Assessment of Land Availability is available to download below. An assessment of Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites will be published as an addendum at a later stage.
Also available in the download section below are the 2011/12 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Strategic Employment Land Availability Assessment (SELAA) and the 2010/11 Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople SHLAA.
Gloucestershire Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment
The Gloucestershire Local Authorities, with support from the County Council, commissioned the consultants Opinion Research Services and Peter Brett Associates to undertake a Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment.
The report has now been published, as below. The purpose of the study is to provide evidence to enable the authorities to consider the accommodation needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople (GTTS) in their area and to set out a strategy identifying how their needs will be met, as required by both the Housing Act 2004 and Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (2012).
The study involved an extensive household survey with members of the GTTS community, and further stakeholder engagement with officers and Members from the Gloucestershire Local Authorities, the County Council and neighbouring Local Authorities. The main objective was to identify the Countywide and Local Authority requirements for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites up to 2031 in five year periods from 2013. In addition, the study looks at whether site provision over these periods should be on public or private sites, and whether or not authorities should plan for the provision of transit sites or emergency stopping places. The consultants also identify and provide guidance on broad locations for future site searches.
This report is now part of the evidence base that will inform the preparation of the Joint Core Strategy and the Tewkesbury Borough Plan. The findings will now be used to help establish pitch/plot targets for traveller communities and for future site identification.
Assessment of Housing Requirements
Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners was appointed by Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough Councils to undertake an independent assessment of housing requirements for the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) area.
The key purpose of this study is to provide further evidence to support the emerging JCS by:
1. Verifying the approach that has been undertaken to date in respect of the Local Projections and Household estimates and the translation of these figures to dwelling requirements
2. Reviewing the representations that have been made in respect of housing requirement matters and providing commentary and advice on the ways in which these might impact upon the assessment of market and affordable housing requirements.
3. Demonstrating the housing requirements for the overall JCS area, at an individual local authority area level, and for the Cheltenham and Gloucester Wider Policy Area.
4. Providing a clear understanding of the impact of the National Planning Policy Framework upon housing requirements for the JCS area.
To support the earlier work above, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) supported by Nathaniel Litchfield & Partners (NLP) were asked to review the housing numbers and their alignment with economic forecasts, as well as incorporate the latest census data.
Below is the report from CCHPR and NLP's addendum to their original report.
As a conclusion to these reports, the JCS team have identified the objectively assessed need for housing as a range between 33,200 and 37,400 homes.
Gloucestershire Housing Evidence Review
Housing requirements for Tewkesbury Borough were previously allocated in the Gloucestershire Structure Plan and, more recently, in the South West Regional Spatial Strategy. Tewkesbury Borough Council must now decide how much new housing to bring forward and where it should go and is committed to ensuring that the Joint Core Strategy is based on locally determined development needs.
The Gloucestershire Housing Evidence Review is a research exercise which investigates the housing market in Gloucestershire and its relationship to the nature of the local population, the local economy and the presence of 'housing need'. The Review will examine key relationships and patterns of change in the recent past, and will also allow forecasts of the future. The review and associated documents are available on the JCS website.
Gloucestershire Affordability Model
This report has been produced to help to explain the outcomes and impacts of the four initial development scenarios that have been produced as part of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) 'Developing the Preferred option'.
Specifically, the report considers the findings of the scenario testing through the Gloucestershire Affordability Model (GAM), a tool commissioned by the six districts and County Council of Gloucestershire in order to help understand the impacts of delivering different levels of development to meet a range of needs.
Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
In order to meet the requirements of PPS3, in 2007 the six Gloucestershire District and Borough Councils and Gloucestershire County Council jointly commissioned consultants to complete a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for the Gloucestershire Housing Market Area of the South West Region.
Following stakeholder consultation the suite of SHMA documents was finalised on 16 February 2009. The SHMA is an evidence base that will continually evolve. The Gloucestershire SHMA Steering Group will update the SHMA when new and relevant information is available.
JCS Housing Background Paper
The purpose of this background paper is to set out how the housing levels contained in the Joint Core Strategy 'Developing the Preferred Options' paper have been calculated. It provides a summary of the Gloucestershire Housing Evidence Review and the demographic and housing information which has been used in establishing the proposed levels of housing supply within the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) - 'Developing the Preferred Option'.
Housing Needs Assessment
The Housing Needs Assessment was completed in 2009 and was adopted on 26 January 2010.
The Gloucestershire Housing Needs report provides an overview of the results for the whole county, while the Tewkesbury Borough report provides detailed information on the local housing need across the borough. The reports also contain additional detailed analysis of specific issues affecting a small proportion of the county's households, made possible by the large survey sample available at a county level (11,125 responses or 23.2% response rate) and adopted by Council on 26 January 2010.
JCS Settlement Audit
Settlements provide services to local populations. Large settlements tend to provide more services, be more accessible and have a greater population of users, and vice versa. Over time, settlement hierarchies emerge and evolve on a local, regional and national basis. The Settlement Audit reports on a study to audit the services within, and access to settlements within the JCS area and thereby achieve clarity on each settlement's role within the study area. The settlement audit was originally undertaken in 2010/2011 and subsequently published in November 2011.
The current audit, published in September 2013, has sought to update these earlier findings and present a more up to date picture of the services and facilities available within each settlement.
The results of this revised audit helps inform a detailed hierarchy based on each settlement's level of service provision and accessibility. In turn, this forms part of the evidence base that helps to inform where new development may be directed by the JCS and the Tewkesbury Borough Plan - encouraging close proximity of housing, jobs and services in pursuit of sustainable development.
A settlement's position within the hierarchy does not mean that development is appropriate and deliverable, or that it is to be avoided. Other factors must be considered such as environmental constraints, available development sites and local character. This audit must therefore be viewed within the context of the wider JCS evidence base.