TETBURY Town Council (TTC)is working alongside the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council to hold a consultation event this Saturday 1st March from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm at the Dolphins Hall, New Church Street, Tetbury.

The consultation will enable the Tetbury Town Council (TTC) to carry out public consultation on the allocation of remaining housing development in the town based on those sites identified in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment process. The Cotswold District Local Plan will be explained, and will then be able to record their opinions about the sites in Tetbury identified for possible development.

The Town Council will take these views into account before feeding back to Cotswold District Council the community’s preferred housing sites.

Liz Farnham, Tetbury’s Mayor and Chairman of the Tetbury and District Neighbourhood Planning Group, said: “Tetbury Town Council is delighted to be invited by the District Council to directly influence the location of further housing in the town. It is important that the people of Tetbury are given their say because they have local knowledge and know these sites best. I hope Tetbury residents and traders will turn out in force on the morning of March 1 to join in the debate and inform the analysis. I look forward to hearing their views.”

  Cllr Nick Parsons, Deputy Leader of CDC and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, said: “Most of us accept that more housing is needed across the country, and the Cotswold district is no exception – the population is growing and people need somewhere to live. However, we must concentrate development within the most sustainable sites, and it is never easy choosing the most suitable locations. We believe that we have a better chance of making the best decisions by taking into account the views and aspirations of local residents. “Local representatives in Tetbury, and other locations earmarked for development, have received specialist training and guidance, enabling them to work effectively with people in their localities to assess and identify preferred site selections.”