Cotswold District Council - SHEELA
05 November 2021

Following the recent Cotswold District Council Members Briefing on the Local Plan partial update and Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (known as the ‘SHELAA’ for short), this email is to inform you that the updated SHELAA is now available to download from the Council’s website at the following link:

Some further information on the SHELAA is also provided here:

To recap, what is the SHELAA?

The SHELAA confirms the availability of land and assesses the potential suitability of development sites for allocation in the local plan. It also considers whether development would be achievable and viable. In so doing, it creates a shortlist of candidate sites to take forward for further assessment.

The report assesses newly submitted sites resulting from call for sites campaigns in 2019 and 2020, as well as reassessing previously identified sites from earlier revisions of the SHELAA.

The SHELAA does not in itself allocate land for development and does not grant planning permission for development. It is one of a number of evidence studies that the Council is required to produce, which helps to understand the various issues about potential development sites. The report helps to inform the decision of which sites should be allocated in the Local Plan. It can also be used by neighbourhood planning groups as evidence to support Neighbourhood Plans.

What happens next and how can people get involved?

The SHELAA will form part of an upcoming consultation on the first stage of the Local Plan Partial Update, which will give residents and organisations the chance to feed back on the report. We especially want local people to participate in the consultation once it starts. In so doing, they can tell us if there are any factual inaccuracies with the SHELAA site assessments, if there is anything that we’ve missed, or if they agree with the site assessments. The Forward Planning team will contact you separately to let you know more about the Local Plan consultation.

The Council has to keep the SHELAA under regular review, as the situation surrounding potential development sites is continually changing. It is anticipated that a further update to the SHELAA will be undertaken before the Local Plan Partial Update is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. This will take consideration of any responses to the Local Plan consultation.

The Forward Planning team will commence further assessment work on the shortlisted sites in the meantime – for example, flood risk assessment, infrastructure capacity / delivery, accessibility testing, viability appraisal, and so on.

Kind regards


Democratic Services


Fosse Cross Recycling Centre Temporary Closure
01 November 2021

For your information.

Fosse Cross will be closed from Monday 8th November for essential site repairs.

Residents are able to book at any other site, including Pyke Quarry HRC or Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire, during the closure period. For more information, please read the media release via the link below:

Best regards


David CunninghamWard Councillor FosseridgeCotswold District Council

Cotswold District Council Budget consultation for 2022/23
15 October 2021
GRCC Food Survey
15 October 2021

Survey will close 31st October 2021

Covid-19 Updates
01 January 2021

We will be using "notices" to communicate information the Parish Council receives regarding Covid-19 and the current situation facing our community

LOCK DOWN SUPPORT - Please see the three links below. Jan 2021


Dear Parish Clerk,

It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that we have decided that all Villager services will be suspended from Monday next. We have not wanted to do this, for the sake of our isolated passengers who depend on our services, but the government advice is getting stronger by the day that we must all avoid contact with other people particularly the elderly and vulnerable who make up 95% of our passengers (and 75% of our drivers). 

We feel that this step is necessary to protect our passengers and drivers and to try to slow the spread of the disease. We will be putting a notice on our website, as well as letting as many passengers as we can know by phone of the suspension but should be most grateful if you could let your residents know by notices, newsletter or by putting a notice on your bus stop.We are very aware that this suspension will hit older people in villages particularly hard as so many rely on us for their needs. We would urge you to consider community support schemes, as many are doing, to provide practical help at this difficult time.

We will, of course, let you know when we plan to restart services, hopefully in the not too distant future.

Kind regards,

Keith Gowing


The Villager