Welcome to our regeneration pages.
An outline of regeneration in the Stroud District including current projects.
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Stroud District Council has supported the production of community plans since they were first promoted in the Government's White Paper 'Our Countryside: the future' in 2000. Since then, the Stroud District has gone from having no community plans, to now having over 80% of parishes who have either completed a plan or are currently producing a plan.
There are generally two types of community plan, depending on the size of the community; Parish Plans and Market Town Health Checks.
Both Parish Plans and Market Town Plans are similar in scope in that they have a) robustly consulted the community and assessed the needs, wants and wishes of the community and b) have a resulting 'action plan' which structures project work to improve the quality of life for local residents.
The main difference between a Parish Plan and Market Town plan is they are produced at different levels of intensity, depending on the populations involved and levels of community activity. Market Towns have a formal 'healthcheck' process to go through which requires them to address specific questions on economic, environmental, social and community matters. Parish Plans are structured for smaller communities, so are therefore a little more flexible in their approach.
Community plans are produced and owned by the community themselves. Resulting projects are taken forward by interested community representatives in partnership with their Town or Parish Council and other local organisations.
Our partners, the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) provide direct advice and support Parishes to produce Parish Plans. GRCC's website provides more information on their Parish Plan support services and also has a special Parish Plan Database of action plan projects.
Market Towns producing community plans are supported by Glos Market Towns forum and Action for Market Towns.
Community Planning Grant Scheme
The Community Planning Grant Scheme is designed to help parishes and towns in the Stroud District to:
- Produce a new Parish or Town Plan
- Review and refresh a Parish or Town Plan (including Market Town Healthcheck)
- Produce a Village Design Statement
For 2015 – 2016, grants of up to £500 are available. Further information can be found in the Scheme Guidance Notes - PDF
If you would like to apply, please complete an application form - PDF and return it to:
Stroud District Council
Telephone: 01453 754410
If you need help in planning your project or completing the application form please contact:
Elin Tattersall, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, Community House, 15 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LZ.
Telephone: 01452 528491
The deadline for applications is Friday 13 March 2015
Grants and Funding
If you are a group or organisation looking for project funding, the following pages may be of assistance.
- Search for grants and funding from Funding Central - a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
- Grants and Funding from Gloucestershire County Council
- Funding advice from Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
Market Towns Study
Public Realm Strategy
The Stroud Public Realm Strategy project is led by the Stroud Concordat, a body comprising representatives of Stroud District Council, Stroud Town Council, Gloucestershire County Council, and Project Stroud.
The Concordat commissioned NEW Masterplanning to develop the Strategy. This company has a history of working in Gloucestershire, including the Gloucester City Centre development and Gloucester Quays. Support has been provided by Hamilton Baillie traffic - a shared space specialists.
The Strategy sets out a series of strategic priorities seeking to achieve a better balance between pedestrians and traffic in the historic centre, to encourage more people to explore the town, stay longer and spend more money in local businesses. In summary the key priorities include:
- Improving the historic centre
- Improving traffic management
- Improving connectivity, and
- Guidelines for improving ground surfaces, street furniture, lighting, public art and planting.