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Stroud District Local Plan review

The District Council has started 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 . Further details of this stage are shown below.


* We are currently processing all the responses. Due to the high number received the initial report will now be available in late April 2019*

 Local plan

We recommend you have a look through the Emerging Strategy Paper before responding to the online survey.

Emerging Strategy Consultation

The purpose of this Emerging Strategy consultation is to understand:-

  • Have we identified the main issues and needs relating to the places you live, work or visit in Stroud District?
  • Do you support the potential strategy for addressing these issues and meeting future development needs? Or do you support an alternative approach?

We want people to engage fully in this process so that responses can be fed into the next stage of the review of the Local Plan.

This Emerging Strategy consultation will involve:

  • Public exhibitions We are holding public exhibitions around the District during the consultation period. This will provide an opportunity to chat to officers working on the Local Plan review. Time and venue details can be found on table below.
  • Town and parish councils workshop We will be meeting with town and parish councils to discuss issues across different parts of the District.
  • Direct communication We will be emailing agents, developers, key stakeholders, local interest groups and members of the public who have expressed an interest in being kept informed.
  • Individual groups We are particularly interested in making contact with groups and individuals who are often under-represented in consultation events, such as community groups and young people. We will be holding bespoke meetings to capture views. Please contact us if you know of a group that would like to get involved.

Public Exhibition Dates:


Subscription Rooms, George Street

Saturday 24th November, 10.30am – 1.30pm


Village Hall, Wickwar Road

Monday 26th November, 2.30pm – 6.30pm


Town Hall, Victoria Square

Wednesday 28th November, 2.30pm – 6.30pm


Village Hall, Oldminster Lane

Saturday 1st December, 10.30am – 1.30pm


Village Hall, St Johns Road

Monday 3rd December, 2.30pm – 6.30pm


Mortimer Room, Old Market

Wednesday 5th December, 2.30pm – 6.30pm


Parish Council Office

Saturday 8th December, 10.30am – 1.30pm


Methodist Hall, Castle Street

Tuesday 11th December, 2.30pm – 6.30pm


Youth Hub, Tobacconist Road

Wednesday 12th December, 2.30pm – 6.00pm


Town Hall, High Street

Thursday 13th December, 2.30pm – 6.30pm


Town Hall, Market Street

Monday 17th December, 1.30pm – 5.30pm


Village Hall, Green Lane

Tuesday 18th December, 2.30pm – 6.30pm


Documents: The Stroud District Local Plan Review –Emerging Strategy Paper

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
  • The Tourist Information Centre at the Subscription Rooms, Stroud

Making comments

The consultation period for making comments ran from Friday 16th November 2018 until Friday 18th January 2019.


response form

Emerging Strategy online survey

response form

Call for sites: Site Submission Form

email to

email responses and queries to:

postal address

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 Sustainability Appraisal (SA) incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Local Plan during its preparation. The overall purpose of the SA/SEA was 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.

A first stage Scoping Report was produced to provide the context for, and determine the scope of SA/SEA of the Local Plan Review and to set out the framework for undertaking the later stages of the SA/SEA.

To accompany the Emerging Strategy, a Sustainability Appraisal Report has now been produced.

Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)

The purpose of the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) is to identify any aspects of the emerging 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. There is a legal requirement for HRA set out within Article 6 of the EC Habitats Directive 1992, and interpreted into British law by the Conservation of Habitats & Species Regulations 2010. The HRA should be an iterative process and will be published at each formal stage of the Local Plan process. Appendix 13 of the HRA document suggests some questions which may enable you to both respond now and to help inform the next stage of the HRA (and any future accompanying Appropriate Assessment).

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. We have already completed a full programme of public consultation on Issues and Options during Autumn 2017.

There will be ongoing engagement with organisations, but the main public consultation activities will be...

Issues and options consultation

Autumn 2017


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

Preferred options consultation

Autumn 2018

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 final 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


Summer 2021

Consultation on any proposed modifications to the plan



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 Policy Team.


Tel. No. 01453 754143

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