We are writing to you with regards to our M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme (the ‘Scheme’). The Scheme’s aim is to remove current constraints on the highway network, improve connectivity between the Strategic Road Network and the local transport network, and ensure there is enough capacity to accommodate traffic demand associated with planned housing and employment growth in the area. The Scheme also aims to provide safe access to services for the local community and for active travel users, as well as establishing biodiversity net gain and meeting climate change requirements.

The Scheme will deliver:

  • Improvements to M5 Junction 10.
  • A new road linking Junction 10 to West Cheltenham.
  • Widening of the A4019 Tewkesbury Road.

Further information about the Scheme is available at:

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) is seeking a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Scheme under the Planning Act 2008 (the ‘2008 Act’). This legislation requires GCC to make an application to the Planning Inspectorate (‘the Inspectorate’) for a DCO to obtain the consent we need to build the Scheme.

The Inspectorate received GCC’s application for a DCO on 19 December 2023. This application was accepted for examination by the Inspectorate (on behalf of the Secretary of State) on 16 January 2024. We are writing to you because it is a requirement for us to notify you of an accepted application.

In accordance with the Planning Act 2008 and the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017, please find links in the table below that will direct you to the following information:

Document Link
A copy of a Section 56 notice, providing formal notification of acceptance of the application A copy of the Section 56 notice accompanies this email.
A copy of the accepted application
Detailed maps showing the location and site of the proposed scheme
A copy of the Environmental Statement

Please note that the file transfer link will expire on 22 February 2024 but a full schedule of application documents can also be viewed by accessing:

Further information regarding the availability of the DCO application documents and where you can view them is included in the enclosed Section 56 notice.

Any person may make representations on the application to the Secretary of State (that is: giving notice of any interest in or objection to the application). Details of the way in which representations must be made are included in the enclosed Section 56 notice.

Representations must be received by the Inspectorate no later than 11:59pm on 22 March 2024. Please note that any representations submitted to the Inspectorate will be published on the National Infrastructure Planning website for the application.

For further information about the application, please contact us using the following details:

Kathryn Haworth

Senior Responsible Officer; Major Projects

Gloucestershire County Council