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Bourton-on-the-Water Parish Council


Committee Members

  • Cllr Bryan Sumner (Chair)
  • Cllr Jim Cowen
  • Cllr Robin Daniel
  • Cllr Bob Hadley
  • Cllr Lynda Hicks
  • Cllr Nigel Randall

This Committee has delegated powers to make decisions which bind the whole Council. It meets twice a month to consider and comment upon local planning applications, as an advisory consultee.  This means that CDC has elected to canvas the Council for its opinions but is not bound to act upon any comments made. Decisions regarding the granting or refusal of planning permissions are made by CDC, either by way of planning officer recommendations or within regular meetings of the Planning (Regulatory) Committee.

Click here to access CDC's Planning Register.


Click below to view the agenda for the next planning meeting, which will be displayed when available.


Minutes from the most recent planning meetings are available here. Minutes from previous committee meetings can be obtained on request. Equally, CDC's planning page on its web-site retains records for several years.

CDC Local Plan

The new Plan will set out a development strategy for the district between 2011 and 2031, and will include the identification of a number of potential development sites which could be brought forward to help meet the government's requirement for a 5 year housing land supply.  This is a rolling requirement, and the Planning Authority must therefore be able to demonstrate this 5 year supply at any given time during the life of the Plan.

Until the Plan is in place, communities are even more vulnerable to developers who may use the lack of a current Plan to claim that this housing land supply cannot be fulfilled.  Hence, the timely publication of this document is extremely important in protecting communities against unnecessary or unwarranted development.

The Cotswold District Local Plan 2011-2031 was submitted on 7th July 2017 to the Secretary of State for independent examination by a Planning Inspector. Further details about the hearing sessions which are due to commence on Tuesday 10th October can be found here.

Retail Study

As part of preparation of the new Local Plan, and prior to the refurbishment of the existing Co-Op store once the new store has completed, the Parish Council was asked to provide information on the local retail provision. In order to gather residents’ comments as to existing and future shopping opportunities the Council carried out a Retail Study and encouraged all residents to respond. A summary of the results of this study can be viewed by clicking on the attachment below. The Council would like to offer grateful thanks to all those who took the time to respond.  It will be passed on to any organisation considering any form of retail development in Bourton in the future.

Neighbourhood & Community Plans

A community-led plan is a document which sets out a vision for your community’s future, based on sound local research carried out by the community itself. It highlights important local issues and projects which need to be tackled in the coming years. Glos. Rural Community Council (“GRCC”) is the lead provider of support for parish and community-led plans in Gloucestershire and provides neutral and independent advice and support.  Further information is available on GRCC’s web-site here.

The Council arranged for a member of GRCC to come along and host a meeting to discuss the different types of community-led plans that are available. Notes from the meeting are available to view by clicking on the relevant attachment below.

Local major developments at Station Rd and to the rear of Roman Way 

Both developments will contain a proportion of affordable housing and any residents interested in learning more about this type of housing are encouraged to contact the developers at an early stage (Linden Homes at Station Rd, and Bloor at Roman Way).

Manor Fields

The Council can announce that the land owner's appeal against the refusal of planning permission to extend the number of parking days to 60 was rejected by the Planning Inspector.  All residents who signed the petition to oppose the granting of additional days are warmly thanked for taking the time to sign up, as this undoubtedly carried some weight in the Inspector's deliberation.

The application to designate this area a Local Green Space has been put forward in the draft Local Plan which will shortly be put out to a further consultation, and will hopefully become part of the approved Plan which is likely to be adopted by CDC in 2016.

Click on the attachment below to view the Council's Appeal Submission:

Click on the attachment below to view the Terms of Reference for the Planning Committee: