Search planning applications online and make comments.
Pre-application advice, how to submit your planning application, and download relevant documents, forms and guides.
Problem with planning comments - Thursday 17 April
Pre-application Community Involvement Protocol for the Stroud District
Guidance notes - PDF
Parish and Town Councils Addendums
Alkington - PDF
Cam - PDF
Coaley - PDF
Dursley Town Council
Dursley - PDF
Ham - PDF
Hillesley and Tresham
Hillesley and Tresham - PDF
Nympsfield - PDF
Randwick - PDF
Rodborough - PDF
Slimbridge - PDF
Standish - PDF
Whiteshill and Ruscombe
Whiteshill - PDF
Woodchester - PDF
Wotton Under Edge - PDF
Commenting on Planning Applications.
Commenting on Planning Applications
With normal planning applications the Council will either place a "notice" at or near the site, alerting the public to the application, OR write to those neighbours who share a boundary. In general, the Council will place a site notice and may over-consult by writing to neighbours.
For listed buildings and other types of applications the Council will only place a site notice.
Some cases are not applications but notifications or technical matters and are not advertised. These include notification of using permitted development rights and minor amendments.
A small number of applications will be an advert in the local news paper (currently Stroud Life), but this is not an exhaustive list and should not be relied on as a comprehensive list of application.
Individuals or groups who would like to be notified of planning applications in their area are encouraged to sign up for email alerts
All applications and notifications are registered on the Council’s website and you can search for those local to you.
How to make a comment on a planning application.
Individuals or groups can comment on any current planning application by:
- Writing to the case officer, Planning Service, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB
- Emailing email@example.com or
- Completing the comments page on the website (search for the case and click the “+” symbol and then on the comments tab for that application)
This is an opportunity for you to make comment on an application. Unfortunately the Council cannot enter into dialogue regarding individual cases and as such your comments must be self contained, also any questions in your response will be treated as rhetorical. For a comment to be considered valid, it should refer to appropriate planning considerations, see below.
Respondents are encouraged to reference planning policies, be it local or national, though this is not essential.
You can monitor applications through our web site or keep abreast of applications in your neighbourhood by registering an email alert. We do not acknowledge correspondence as your letter will appear on our website. The Council is required to consider all comments on a planning application as being “public” and therefore published them on our website.
What should not go in your comments
We will endeavour to obscure phone numbers, email addresses and signatures (it will help if you do not include these in your comments); however your letter or email will be scanned and presented in its entirety. In exceptional circumstances the Council reserves the right to redact all, or any part of your comments from the website particularly if it is:
- Not a planning matter
To ensure your comment is valid you should include:
- the reference number (^ND,REFVAL.DCAPPL;)
- your name, (Anonymous comments will not be considered as valid)
- your full postal address, and
- your comments.
As proximity to the site is a material consideration, if you do not include your address, we may not be able to give your arguments full weight, and will be unable to inform you of any appeal should the application be refused
Relevant planning considerations include:
Planning Policies as set out in the Local Plan and Governments guidance (NPPF).
- Highways - access/roads unsuitable for the development. (Where access is a relevant consideration.)
- Loss of light -dependant on the size of the development to a neighbouring property's principal windows.
- Design/size/scale/materials of proposal in relation to existing property; neighbouring property(ies) general location.
- Effect on/loss of protected trees or listed buildings
- Setting of listed buildings or conservation areas.
- Noise, fumes, smell, loss of privacy. Increased risk of flooding as a result of the proposal.
- Loss of a valuable facility, particularly if dealt with in a Local Plan Policy.
- Location of proposed development (e.g. is a proposed new dwelling within a recognised settlement boundary in the Local Plan).
The following includes a list of things, which are not normally valid planning considerations:
- Loss of view
- Civil restrictions such as restrictive covenants.
- Personal matters relating to the applicant or others associated with the site .
- Land ownership issues.
- Retrospective nature of any proposal.
- Principle of development just because it is in a conservation area, AONB etc....
- Changes to land/property values.
Listed Building Consent applications
- Only consideration is the effect on the Listed Building
Only consideration is the effect on the Listed Building
- public amenity and
- road safety
An application can either be determined by planning officers under the Council's Scheme of Delegation, or in certain circumstances an application may be referred to the Development Control Committee (only 1 in 20 applications are referred). The Council will publish the full reason for its decision on the website and these can be viewed at the offices. We will not write to you individually.
If the Council refuse the application, the applicant may appeal against the decision, usually to the Planning Inspectorate and your correspondence will be passed to the Inspector and the applicant. We can only let you know about any appeal if we have your full postal address on file. Please note that the English planning system does not allow neighbours or third parties to appeal against planning permission. You should also note that the Local Government Ombudsman cannot overturn a planning decision once issued.
Make a Planning Application
Is Planning Permission Required?
If you want to build an extension to your property or do other work to your home, or if you want to expand your business or change the use of your premises, you may need to apply for planning permission. Some minor alterations and extensions, particularly to houses, can often be carried out without the need for planning permission. This is known as permitted development.
View the Planning Portals interactive house to see if you need to apply.
How to Make an Application
Read our short guide to making a householder planning application
- Making a Householder Planning Application - PDF, 621KB
Supplementary Planning Advice
- Validation of Planning Applications: Supplementary Planning Advice (Updated 24 July 2013) - PDF, 1046KB
Design and Access Statements
Watch step by step video guide on completing planning applications - Please choose the help video you wish to view from the list below:
Please note that these videos are hosted on Youtube.
If you cannot view the videos, please ensure that you have Adobe Flash player installed on your computer.
If you are on a managed IT system and cannot view the videos, you should check with your IT department to see if access to the 'youtube.com' domain is being blocked.
How to fill in a planning application form - Part 1
How to fill in a planning application form - Part 2
What happens with a Householder Planning Application
How to avoid delays in your planning application
Make an Application
The simplest way to submit a planning application is online via the planning portal. The Planning Portal also provides comprehensive information on planning issues and a facility to submit appeals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The guidance notes to accompany each application are available to download from the forms section.
Apply by post
To submit your application manually please download the appropriate form and accompanying guidance note.
You can submit an application by post, email or in person to:
Stroud District Council
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (however you will need to send a cheque to cover the application fee as you won't have a reference number of our pay on-line service)
- Fees from 7 April 2014 - PDF 26 KB
Supplementary Planning Advice
- Guidance on making a Planning or related application - PDF, 670KB
|Pre-application Advice||Request form||Charges / Notes|
|Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling||Application form|
|Listed Building and Associated Application Forms|
|Householder Application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling and Listed Building Consent||Application form|
|Full Planning Permission and consent to display advertisement||Application form|
|New Buildings and Non-domestic Activities|
|Application for full planning permission||Application form|
|Full Planning Permission and listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a Listed Building||Application form|
|Full Planning Permission and consent to display advertisement||Application form|
Listed Building Consent
|Listed Building Consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a Listed Building||Application form|
Outline and Reserved Matters
|Application for Outline Planning Permission with all matters reserved||Application form|
|Application for Outline Planning Permission with some Matters Reserved||Application form|
|Application for Approval of Reserved Matters following outline approval||Application form|
|Discharging, Removing and varying existing conditions|
|Approval of details reserved by condition||Application form|
|Removal of variation of a condition following grant of Planning Permission||Application form|
|Minor Amendment to an Approved Scheme||Application form|
|Adverts, Trees and Hedgerows|
|Application for consent to display an advertisement||Application form|
|Application for tree works, works to trees subject to a preservation order (TPO) and or notification of proposed works to trees in a Conservation area.||Application form|
|Application for hedgerow removal notice||Application form|
Householder extensions (up to 6 or 8 metres)
|Application form||Check list|
Agricultural or forestry development - proposed building
|Agricultural or forestry development - proposed fish tank (cage)||Application form|
|Agricultural or forestry development - proposed road||Application form|
|Telecommunications code system operators||Application form|
|Proposed demolition||Application form|
|Agricultural building change of use to a state-funded school or registered nursery||Application form|
|Application for a proposed change of use of a building from a retail use to a dwelling||Application form|
|Change of Use Notifications|
|Notification of the change of use of an agricultural building to commercial (less than 150m2)||Application form|
|Certificates of Lawfulness|
Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed use or development
|Application for a Lawful Certificate for a listed building||Application form|
|Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for an Existing use or operation||Application form|