Our ambition is a Gloucestershire wide plan for sustainable growth, delivering coordinated housing and employment development, including the associated infrastructure, skills and training.
- Encourage the development of a single plan for Gloucestershire’s future growth, through partnership working between all local authorities and other stakeholders.
- Secure the funding for the infrastructure needed that will help to deliver this growth.
- Make sure that the skills, training and education available are directly linked to the future jobs being created.
- Deliver the Gloucestershire Climate Strategy by 2045
There is an urgent need to ensure the delivery of significant future growth in Gloucestershire. House prices are at an all-time high, as supply remains low and demand high. Employment land and the associated new jobs are required to enable the continued economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently there is no regional or county-wide growth strategy in Gloucestershire. This leaves a significant gap between national planning policies/guidance and the local level – i.e. District Councils’ Local Plans, Joint Core Strategy. It is proposed that county partners look to develop a future strategic plan for Gloucestershire – through agreeing and developing a ‘City Region’. The strategy would shape and influence the approach taken by all seven local authorities. This would seek to introduce a ‘step change’ in the future delivery of both housing and employment throughout Gloucestershire.
It is important to step away from ‘suburb thinking’ and move towards ‘city-wide thinking’. The whole of the county should be benefitting from ‘City Region’ strategic infrastructure. A key aspect of which is Gloucestershire’s continued involvement in the Western Gateway – a cross-border economic partnership working together to bring clean, economic growth across the region.
The new body brings together councils and businesses from Swansea to Swindon and from Tewkesbury to Weston-Super-Mare. It will be the first “powerhouse” in either the South West of England, or Wales, and the first to cross a national boundary. The Western Gateway aims to attract investment, development and growth into the area, drive forward major infrastructure projects and the linking up of universities and colleges. In Gloucestershire, the Great Western Gateway is expected to give a major boost to a “city-region” approach to future planning and economic growth across Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury.
This growth would be supported through the delivery of significant associated strategic infrastructure, such as highways, transport, schools, libraries, flood alleviation, waste, etc. In addition, there will be an increased skills offer, to ensure that the required training and education is directly linked to the future jobs being created (such as cyber and fusion technology).
It is vital to secure the infrastructure and investment to enable the future economic growth. So investment must continue to be secured for Gloucestershire by making the most of all future funding opportunities that are presented.
This growth should protect the unique environmental, historical and cultural heritage of the county, as well as contributing towards Gloucestershire’s Climate Change Strategy and the commitment to deliver a carbon neutral county by 2045.
This will be funded and delivered in partnership with various stakeholders, such as the District Councils, GFirst LEP, Department for Transport, National Highways and Homes England.