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Stonehouse Regulation 17 and 18

Independent Examination

Stroud District Council appointed Andrew Ashcroft MRTPI as independent examiner of the plan. On reviewing the content of the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan and representations received as part of the publication process, Mr Ashcroft decided the examination did not require a public hearing. 

The examination concluded on 27th August 2017.

The examiner recommended that the plan, once modified, should proceed to a Referendum.


On 14th September 2017, Stroud District Council’s Environment Committee decided that the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan, once modified in accordance with the Examiner’s Report recommendations, should proceed to a referendum.



A Referendum relating to the adoption of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan was held on Thursday 23 November 2017.

The final referendum version of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan can be viewed here.

The question which was asked in the Referendum was: "Do you want Stroud District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Stonehouse to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

The result was as follows:

  •  Yes = 523 votes (85.2%)
  •  No = 90 votes (14.7%)
  •  Turnout = 10%





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