After a period of 13 weeks of public consultation and against the advice of planning officers Cheltenham Borough Council decided not to designate the proposed West Cheltenham Neighbourhood Plan or Forum. The grounds cited for this decision were as follows;
“The Council considers that the submitted forum application has been made for an area which is not appropriate as a neighbourhood area. The area cuts across ward boundaries and includes a number of separate communities, which would reduce community cohesion. The Council considers that because the area applied for is not agreed as constituting an appropriate area, the membership of the applied for forum cannot be found to comply with Section 61F(5) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 part (c); having a membership of “a minimum of 21 individuals each of whom lives in the neighbourhood area concerned”
The Forum will meet to discuss the way forward on Wednesday 18th January at 5.30pm.