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Stroud District Local Plan review

The Draft Local Plan consultation is now open and will run from 20th November 2019 to 22nd January 2020

The District Council is in the process of reviewing the current Stroud District Local Plan. The first stage was an Issues and Options public consultation, which took place during autumn 2017. Public consultation on the Emerging Strategy ran from 16th November 2018 until 18th January 2019.

Draft Local Plan

The District Council has approved a Draft Local Plan for the purposes of public consultation, which will run from 20th November 2019 to 22nd January 2020.

The purpose of this Draft Plan consultation is to understand:-

  • Do you support the Council’s preferred strategy for meeting Stroud District’s future growth and development needs?
  • Are there any additional issues or constraints relating to the proposed sites? And how should specific constraints, needs and opportunities be reflected in the final site allocation policies?
  • Are any further changes to the proposed policies necessary? Are there specific things that should be included in supporting text?

We want people to engage fully in this process so that responses can be fed into the next stage (the pre-submission draft, next year).

Document:

Stroud District Local Plan Review Draft Plan for Consultation

 

Draft Plan

  

Paper copies of this document are available to view at the following locations:

  • Parish council offices open to the public
  • Public libraries
  • Stroud District Council offices, Ebley Mill

 

Public Exhibitions

We are holding the following public exhibitions around the District during the consultation period. This will provide an opportunity to chat to officers working on the Local Plan review.

  • Monday 2 December: Brookthorpe Village Hall, 2pm to 6pm.
  • Tuesday 3 December: George Room, Stroud Subscription Rooms, 2pm to 6pm.
  • Wednesday 4 December: Stonehouse Pavilion, Oldends Lane, 2pm to 6pm.
  • Friday 6 December: Cam Parish Hall, 2pm to 6.30pm.
  • Saturday 7 December: Cam Parish Hall, 9.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Tuesday 10 December: Hardwicke Village Hall, 2pm to 7pm.
  • Friday 13 December: Sharpness Village Hall, 2pm to 6.30pm.
  • Saturday 14 December: Sharpness Village Hall, 9.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Monday 16 December: Slimbridge Village Main Hall 2pm to 6.30pm.
  • Tuesday 17 December: Slimbridge Village Main Hall 9.30am to 12.30pm.
  • Saturday 11 January: Berkeley Town Hall 12pm to 4pm.

 

How can I make comments?

We have not posed specific questions within the Draft Local Plan document. However, we welcome comments on the contents of the Plan. We have set up three surveys – Policies, Sites and Other sections of the Plan. Please respond by clicking on the relevant survey below and adding your comments. So, for example, if you wish to comment on a particular site, click on Sites and scroll down until you find the sites you wish to comment on. If you wish to comment on a policy, click on Policies and add your comments to the listed policies. Comments on other parts of the Plan (e.g. issues, vision, strategy, delivery, appendices) should be added to the Other sections survey.

If you want to submit a new site for consideration, click on Site Submission Form.

We would prefer responses to come via the above online surveys, but alternatively you can submit comments by email: local.plan@stroud.gov.uk or by writing to:

Local Plan Review

The Planning Strategy Team

Stroud District Council

Ebley Mill

Stroud GL5 4UB

 

Sustainability Appraisal

We appointed Land Use Consultants Ltd to support the plan making process by undertaking a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Local Plan during its preparation. The overall purpose of the SA/SEA is to assess the economic, environmental and social effects of the plan from the outset to allow decisions to be made that will deliver sustainable development.

To accompany the Draft Local Plan, a Sustainability Appraisal Report has been produced.

If you wish to comment on the SA Report, please email or send us your comments by the end of the consultation period.

 

Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)

The purpose of the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) is to identify any aspects of the Draft Local Plan that would have the potential to cause a likely significant effect on Natura 2000 or European sites (Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Ramsar sites), (either in isolation or in combination with other plans and projects), and to identify appropriate avoidance and mitigation strategies where such effects are identified.

To accompany the Draft Local Plan, an HRA Report has been produced.

If you wish to comment on the HRA Report, please email or send us your comments by the end of the consultation period.

 

Why are we reviewing the plan now?

The Government wants all local authorities to review their local plans every 5 years. The current Local Plan was approved in November 2015. New plans can take 5 or more years to finalise and so it is important that we make progress now.

What is our programme?

We have built into the timetable plenty of time to discuss issues, options and proposals with local communities. There will be ongoing engagement with organisations, but the main public consultation activities will be...

Issues and options consultation

Autumn 2017

(complete)

An opportunity to discuss emerging issues and identify ways of distributing and managing future development needs

Preferred options consultation ("Emerging Strategy")

Autumn 2018

(complete)

We now know the minimum number of houses that we need to provide for and we have identified a potential strategy for delivery.

Final draft plan consultation

Autumn 2019

A chance to check that we have the right draft plan in place

Pre-submission consultation

Autumn 2020

The formal stages of making representations on the plan

Modifications

Summer 2021

Consultation on any proposed modifications to the plan

Adoption

 

It is anticipated that the new Local Plan will be adopted by Winter 2021/22

Previous Stages of the Local Plan Review Process

Further information

If you would like more information, please contact the Planning Strategy Team.

Email: local.plan@stroud.gov.uk

Tel. No. 01453 754143

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