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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 development 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. All submissions received before 31 March 2015 will be included in the 2014/15 update. To be included in the next update, please submit your proposals by 31 March 2015.

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 boundaries of the site. 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.

word icon Assessment of Land Availability site submissions pro-forma [153kb]

All submissions should be sent to the Planning Policy Team either:

by email: or

by post: Planning Policy, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT

The 2013/14 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.

2013/14 Assessment of Land Availability Report & Appendix 1- Methodology

Appendix 2 - Accessibility Maps

Appendix 3 - Submitted Sites Pro-forma

Appendix 4 - Submitted Sites Maps

Appendix 5 - Identified Sites Pro-forma

Appendix 6 - Identified Sites Maps

Appendix 7 - Residential Sites Phasing

Gloucestershire Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment 2013

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 and can be downloaded 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.

The study involved an extensive household survey with members of the GTTS community and 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 GTTS 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.

pdf icon GTAA 2013 [8Mb]

pdf icon GTAA 2013 Executive Summary [415kb]

Assessment of Housing Requirements

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) was appointed by the three JCS councils to undertake an independent assessment of housing requirements for the JCS area.

The key purpose of this study was 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.

pdf icon Assessment of housing requirements [1Mb]

pdf icon Assessment of housing requirements (appendices) [2Mb]

pdf icon Assessment of housing requirements (executive summary) [406kb]

Further work

To support the earlier work above, Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) supported by 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.

pdf icon CCGHR Household Projections report [1Mb]

pdf icon NLP Assessment of Housing Needs addendum [1Mb]

As a conclusion to these reports, in the draft JCS, the level of objectively assessed need was established as in the range of 33,200 to 37,400 dwellings. The draft JCS therefore set a requirement of 33,200 new homes in the plan period to 2031.

March 2014 update

To further support the work undertaken in assessing the housing requirements of the JCS area, CCHPR were asked to review the data.

The conclusion of this work advises that the 'partial return to trend' scenario would continue to represent a reasonable central case for establishing the level of objectively assessed need, but that there are two credible alternative options. The JCS authorities consider that, as a result of this latest advice, the most credible option focuses on a partial return to trend to enable the 25 to 34 year old age group to form households; this would imply an objectively assessed need of 30,500 dwellings.

pdf icon Supplementary Report on Alternative Options March 2014 [842kb]

June 2014 update 

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research were asked to advise the JCS authorities on the implications of the Office for National Statistics population projections published on 29 May 2014. A letter and presentation given to the JCS Members Steering Group can be downloaded below.

pdf icon Implications of the Latest Population Projections for the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy [104kb]

pdf icon Associated presention to JCS Members Steering Group [461kb]

Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) 2014

In 2013 the Gloucestershire authorities appointed consultants to update both the previous Strategic Housing Market Assessment in Gloucestershire (published in 2009) and the Housing Needs Assessment across the County undertaken in 2009 (finalised in 2010). The Update was required to inform the prospective development plans being produced in several authorities within the County and to ensure compliance with the NPPF.

pdf icon Gloucestershire SHMA 2014 [2Mb]

JCS Settlement Audit 2013

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.

A refreshed audit, published in September 2013, 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.

The published audit was then corrected for factual accuracies and inconsistencies in September 2014.

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.

pdf icon JCS Settlement Audit corrections 2014 [330kb] 

pdf icon JCS Settlement Audit update 2013 [825kb]

pdf icon JCS Settlement Audit 2011 [434kb]

pdf icon JCS Settlement Audit 2011 Appendix 1 [27kb]

Further detail on the JCS evidence base is available on the JCS website.