Emerging local plan

Consultation on main modifications to the submitted Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 (February 2018)

The Council has prepared a set of Main Modifications to the Submitted Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 (July 2017). The Submitted Plan is a consolidation of:

  • Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 Submission Draft Reg. 19 (June 2016)
  • Focussed Changes Addendum (December 2016)
  • Minor Modifications Addendum (June 2017)

To view the Submitted Plan (document SD007) and other supporting documents please visit:

The Local Plan examination website  

The Local Plan includes a development strategy for delivering growth across Cotswold District up to 2031 and its policies will be the starting point for determining planning applications.

The Main Modifications have been proposed following hearing sessions that were conducted by an independent Planning Inspector during October and November 2017, and in the light of the Inspector’s consideration of representations on both the Local Plan Submission Draft and Focussed Changes. The Modifications propose changes to the wording of certain policies and supporting text as well as adjustments to the Policies Map and some of the Insets.  The Inspector is now inviting representations to be submitted through this formal consultation.

The consultation is open from Monday 19 February 2018 to 5pm on Wednesday 4 April 2018.  To make comments online (from the 19th) please visit:

The Cotswold consultation portal

Please note that representations may only be made in relation to the Main Modifications and not on any other aspects of the Plan. The consultation is not an opportunity to promote alternative sites for development (often referred to as “omission sites”).

Two drop in sessions are planned for:

  • Thursday 15 March 2018 from 2pm to 6.30pm at the Committee Rooms, Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester; and
  • Wednesday 21 March 2018 from 2pm to 6.30pm at Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

 The following documents are also available to view:

For further information, please: 

public notice(opens in a new window) is available on the consultation portal

Brownfield Register 2017

We have published our Brownfield Register which provides up-to-date information on brownfield sites that can deliver residential development.

We have assessed the sites to take into account the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (September 2017), the current and emerging Local Plans and national policies and guidance.

To view the Brownfield Register in Excel or csv formats please download:

Each site on the Register has links in the SitePlanURL column that show the extent of each site on an interactive map. Please note that Internet Explorer users will need to zoom in/out to view the sites on the map.

Council confirms submission of draft Local Plan for independent examination

Cotswold District Council is issuing a formal notice to confirm that both the draft Local Plan and the draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the District were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 7 July 2017.

This paved the way for the appointment of a planning inspector to examine the draft Local Plan and the CIL. It is anticipated that the hearings will take place during October and November, and could possibly spill over into early December if necessary.  Once the dates are confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised, made available online and also sent to all respondents.

To view the submitted draft Local Plan and Draft CIL and supporting documents, please:

To assist with the Local Plan and CIL examination process, the Council has appointed Tracey Smith, an independent Programme Officer whose contact details are as follows:

Tracey will maintain an examination library – including core documents and examination documents - at the Programme Office and also online at the examination website. Anyone wishing to view paper copies should contact the Programme Officer on 07989 582 577 and Tracey will be happy to assist. 

Electronic copies are available to view at:

  • The Council offices in Cirencester (open Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm) and
  • Moreton Area Centre (opening times available at www.cotswold.gov.uk/support/contact-us/) and
  • Libraries in Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Cirencester, Fairford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Tetbury, and Lechlade. For library opening times call 0845 230 5420 or check online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries

Consultation on Focussed Changes Addendum to Local Plan Submission Draft (now closed)

Focussed Changes are specific alterations that the Council wishes to make to the Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031: Submission Draft Reg. 19, published in June 2016. The Focussed Changes have been proposed in response to:

  1. soundness issues raised in response to the public consultation carried out during July/August 2016; and
  2. evidence and/or guidance that has emerged recently. 

Representations made in response to this consultation should have considered whether the Local Plan Submission Draft, as amended by the Focussed Changes, has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is ‘sound’. The tests of ‘soundness’ are set out in national policy as follows:

  • Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  • Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.

 A plan is deemed to be sound by an Inspector if it has been positively prepared, and is justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

The Focussed Changes Addendum is available for public consultation from Monday 16 January until 5pm on Monday 27 February 2017. Please:

Where possible, representations should be supported by evidence showing why the Submission Draft, as amended by the Focussed Changes, should be changed. Representations should cover - succinctly - all the information, evidence and supporting information necessary to support/justify the representation and the suggested change. There will not normally be a subsequent opportunity to make further submissions - that would be only at the request of the Inspector, based on the matters and issues he/she identifies for examination. 

When making representation(s), please quote the FC reference number of the change(s) to which your comment(s) relates.

Two drop in sessions, where officers were available to answer any queries,  took place on:

  • Tuesday 24 January from 2pm to 6.30pm at the Committee Rooms, Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester.
  • Tuesday 14 February from 2pm to 6.30pm at Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh

The Council have now submitted the Focussed Changes Addendum (December 2016) and the Local Plan Submission Draft (June 2016) to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The following documents are also available to view:

  • Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031: Submission Draft Reg.19 (June 2016)
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • Consultation Statement
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment
  • the Statement of Representations Procedure and
  • the Statement of Availability of Inspection.  
  • You can also view other supporting documents on the Evidence base and monitoring web page.

The timetable for the Emerging Local Plan

The Local Development Scheme (April 2016) (LDS) sets out the Council's programme for the production of the Cotswold District Local Plan. The LDS has been revised on a regular basis to reflect the Council's evolving strategic planning programme, as well as new government legislation and regulations.

Local Plan Submission Draft Reg 19 consultation (now closed)

We have prepared a Local Plan which we'll submit to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Local Plan is a strategy for delivering growth for Cotswold District up to 2031.

Consultation on the Local Plan 2011-2013 took place between Monday 27 June until midnight on Monday 8 August 2016. Two drop in sessions also took place during this period.

The following documents will also be submitted with the Local Plan (Please click on 'Supporting Document' tab when links open):

You can also view:

For further information, please: 

Local Plan Reg.18 public consultation: Planning Policies (now closed)

The Local Plan Reg.18 consultation on Planning Policies set out proposed planning policies for the district to guide decisions on the use and development of land. The Council consulted on proposed Planning Policies between 6 November and 21 December 2015. Two drop in sessions were arranged during this period.

To view the document and comments that were submitted, please view:

To see the supporting evidence please:

For further information please see the following:

Local Plan Reg.18 public consultation: development strategy and site allocations consultation (now closed)

This document set out the Council’s proposed Development Strategy for the District. Besides the Strategy, it included proposed strategic policies and proposed site allocations for housing, employment and other uses. The evidence, along with the comments received on the Preferred Development Strategy (May 2013), helped to inform the preparation of this consultation document.

Drop in events were held in January 2015 and the consultation closed at 5pm on 27 February 2015.

To see the supporting evidence see:

For further information please see the following:

The Local Plan Consultation Paper: Preferred Development Strategy May 2013: Informal Consultation Scrutinised and Closed

The District Council is preparing a new Local Plan to replace the Cotswold District Local Plan 2001 -2011. The new local Plan will cover the period 2011 to 2031 and it will be the key planning policy document which guides decisions on the use and development of land in the district. 

Stage 1: we published The Local Plan Consultation Paper: Preferred Development Strategy May 2013 for public consultation in June 2013

Stage 2: we produced The Response Report which sets out the following:

  • all the comments received on the Local Plan consultation paper/ Preferred Development Strategy
  • responses from officers and, where necessary
  • proposed outcomes for dealing with the comments

Please note: The Response Report is over 9MB in size and has been designed to be printed to A3 size.

The switch from a Core Strategy to a Local Plan March 2013

Like all local authorities, Cotswold District Council must develop a forward-looking Local Plan which will help shape communities and, crucially, serve as a blueprint for the future use of land, taking account of local needs.  The Plan will cover the period 2011 to 2031 and its policies will be used to control development and guide most day-to-day planning decisions.  Over the last few years, work was been carried out to develop a Local Development Framework (LDF)-style Core Strategy, including the collation of diverse data and the commissioning of several studies and reports.  Once approved, this would have formed the basis to develop more detailed documents dealing with planning policies and site allocations.

However, the Council has now taken action to speed up the adoption of  its detailed planning policies by producing a single comprehensive Local Plan rather than a portfolio of documents led by a Core Strategy.  This approach has been enabled by the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which heralded a change in the planning system from LDF Core Strategies to Comprehensive Local Plans. 

Core Strategy

Public Consultation

To view and read planning documents, make comments (where documents are available for consultation) and/ or register your interest in the Local Plan please

For further information please:

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