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Welcome to the website for Chesterton Cirencester a high quality, sustainable, mixed-use community neighbourhood of up to 2,350 new homes, employment space and associated facilities on Land South of Chesterton, Cirencester.

Update April 2019:

On the 4th April, planning consent was issued for the Chesterton development after the section 106 negotiations were agreed between BDL, Cotswold District Council & Gloucestershire County Council.

We hosted an event where the emerging Design Codes were discussed on the 11th April, where the framework for future design for Land South of Chesterton was discussed.

To view the boards from the Design Code exhibition please click here.

Update, August 2018:

Cotswold District Council formally adopted their Local Plan 2011 – 2031, incorporating all of the Inspector’s recommendations on the 3rd August 2018.

In order to assist the delivery of the District’s requirements to 2031, the Plan proposes mixed use development of a strategic scale to the south of Chesterton, Cirencester.

Update, April 2018:

In April 2018, BDL published a Q & A document to answer some of the Frequently Asked Question we receive from local residents. We recognise that local residents have many question about the Chesterton development and we endeavour to answer these and continue to engage with the local community, as the plans continue to evolve.

Please find our Q & A document here

Update, March 2018:

On the 13th March 2018 The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid decided not to call in the application. The Secretary of State released the below letter:

The Secretary of State has carefully considered the case against call-in policy, as set out in the Written Ministerial Statement by Nick Boles on 26 October 2012. The policy makes it clear that the power to call in a case will only be used very selectively.

The Government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues, and believes planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible.

In deciding whether to call in the application, the Secretary of State has considered his policy on calling in planning applications. This policy gives examples of the types of issues which may lead him to conclude, in his opinion that applications should be called in. The Secretary of State has decided, having had regard to this policy, not to call in the application. He is content that the application should be determined by the local planning authority.

For further information on the application please visit our Application Page or click here

For further information about the application or if you have any questions you can contact us here

Update, January 2018:

On 16th January 2018 Cotswold District Council resolved to grant planning permission for the Chesterton Cirencester development. Following the decision BDL has released the below statement:

“This is an important day for the project both in terms of the Local Plan inspector’s letter and the Council’s decision, both of which are welcome.  Whilst both confirm the principle of development on the site, there are significant further measures that still need to be undertaken before a planning consent can be issued – not least, the signing of the S106 legal agreement which could take up to six months.

The application was submitted over 2 years ago, it has been subject to an unprecedented level of scrutiny from a multitude of technical consultees, members of the public, officers and elected councillors and was debated for over 13 hours in total at two separate dedicated meetings of the whole Council.

The Council’s decision today brings us a significant step closer to delivering a sensitively designed expansion of the town through a complementary, integrated new neighbourhood that helps deliver both new housing and new jobs in a hugely attractive and green environment and unlocks £100 million worth of investment in new infrastructure.

We remain committed to engaging with the local community and all relevant stakeholders over the coming months as we begin to consult on the Design Codes for the site and to deliver the very best scheme possible.”



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