The parishes of The Leigh and Ashchurch Rural have submitted their neighbourhood plans to Tewkesbury Borough Council, kickstarting public consultations on the future potential of land use in the two areas.

The consultations will run from Friday 24 September to 5pm on Sunday 7 November 2021.

A neighbourhood plan puts a policy in place to guide future development in a particular area. It lays out the potential use and development of land, as well as including a vision for the area and proposals for improvements with new facilities.

The parish councils have worked closely with their communities to produce drafts of their neighbourhood plans and have now submitted them to Tewkesbury Borough Council, as the Local Planning Authority, to conduct a public consultation in accordance with neighbourhood planning regulations. Following the consultation, the borough council will arrange for an independent examination of the draft plan and, provided the basic conditions are met at the examination stage, the borough council will then also organise a public referendum.

Comments and feedback received on the draft plans will be submitted to the independent examiner for consideration.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for built environment, Councillor Mel Gore, said: “It’s so important for communities to let us know how they would like to see their areas adapt for future needs. Neighbourhood plans are the perfect opportunity to get involved in the decision-making and really influence the way local areas evolve over time.”

To take a look at the plans and comment, visit:

Comments can also be emailed to or posted to: Neighbourhood Planning Officer, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Public Services Centre, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT.

Category: Planning