A final report on the housing needs of Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham detailing where thousands of new homes will be built will end the uncertainty which has plagued development over the last ten years.
That’s the view of Scott Winnard from Bruton Knowles – who has welcomed the publication of the new Joint Core Strategy which is now awaiting ratification by the three councils involved.
Scott Winnard said: “The Inspector has given her final decision – at last we are going to have a local plan which will allow strategic, employment and residential sites to deliver the much needed houses and employment opportunities required.”
Bruton Knowles act for the majority of landowners on the new allocations and the promotion of these sites has been years in the making.
Scott added: “The Inspector has made clear that more housing is required for Gloucester City and Tewkesbury, which will mean that more housing land needs to be found in the larger villages in the area and we are currently reviewing those landowner opportunities.
“The Joint Core Strategy will give all stakeholders more certainty going forward and avoid speculative applications.”
The Joint Core Strategy envisages a minimum housing requirements of 14,359 dwellings for Gloucester, 10,917 for Cheltenham and 9,899 for Tewkesbury. But this means there is still a shortfall of housing of 2,400 units for Tewkesbury and 1,346 units for Gloucester.
The shortfall is because there are insufficient sites identified in the plan. From our involvement in land promotion over the last decade we can see that there are a number of possible locations for additional land. There will need to be an immediate review of the local plan in any case.
The final report will be considered by the three Councils over the next two months.
Scott Winnard is the lead development Partner at Bruton Knowles. He is a strategic land expert representing landowner interests throughout Gloucestershire.