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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 will start on 16th November 2018. Further details will be announced here shortly.

* The Issues and Options public consultation has now closed* 

We have produced an initial report on the 'headline' consultation results:

What was the Issues and Options Consultation?

Our Issues and Options Discussion Paper, posed a series of questions to help focus consultation feedback.

The consultation sought views and suggestions about particular topics, issues, needs and opportunities mentioned by this Discussion Paper. And we also wanted to hear if you thought the Discussion Paper had missed anything.

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Sustainability Appraisal

We have 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 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.

A first stage Scoping Report has been 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.

Please send any comments you may wish to make about this document by email to: or in writing to: SA Scoping Consultation, The Planning Strategy Team, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Stroud GL5 4UB. Please provide these comments to us by 4 June 2018. Please note that this is not an opportunity to comment further on the content of the Local Plan Issues and Options document.

Green Infrastructure, Sport and Recreation Study

As part of the local plan process Stroud District Council is working with Ethos Environmental Planning to carry out a district wide Green Infrastructure, Sport and Recreation Study. This covers a wide range of recreational open spaces, parks, natural green spaces, playing pitches, outdoor sport facilities and children’s play spaces; as well as indoor sports halls, swimming pools and leisure centres.

The Council believes that providing a wide range of good quality open spaces and recreational facilities of this kind is essential for the health and wellbeing of local people.

The Council is launching a comprehensive consultation programme in support of this project. We want to hear from local residents, sports clubs and organisations with an interest in our open spaces to help us plan successfully for the future.

Parish and Town councils have been contacted directly to provide a local perspective on the needs and aspirations of their local town and parish. In addition, local sports clubs and organisations with a particular interest in open spaces and the environment are being consulted so that they can provide their own view on local provision.

The study also covers outdoor children’s play spaces and youth facilities such as skateparks, Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and youth shelters. Local play and youth organisations are being contacted as well as the Stroud District Youth Council and local youth forums.

As a local resident you can have your own say simply by completing the online household survey: The council has also sent out paper surveys to a random sample of households across the district. If you would like a paper copy of the survey please contact Conrad Moore at the Council The survey will be open until 6th July.

The Council plan to feed back the main messages from the consultation programme later in the year via the Council Website so that you will be updated on progress on this important study, which we anticipate will be of great interest to many residents.

*Information on the next stages of the Local Plan Review will be posted here shortly*

Why are we starting the review now?

The Government wants all local authorities to review their local plans every 5 years. Although the current Plan was approved in November 2015, an early review will ensure that it remains up-to-date and meets future needs for the 20 year period 2016-2036. Plans can take up to 5 years to produce and so it is important that we start now.

What is our programme?

We want to build in to the timetable plenty of time to discuss issues, options and proposals with local communities. Setting a realistic timetable upfront helps to provide certainty for the future. 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 should know much more about quantifying development needs by this time and about future preferred options and alternatives
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
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

Issues and Options Public Consultation (CONSULTATION NOW CLOSED)

The first stage was  the Issues and Options Public Consultation which ran for eight weeks between 11th October 2017 and 5th December 2017.

How could you get involved?

The purpose of this consultation was to understand:-

  • Which issues relating to the places you live, work or visit in Stroud District are of particular concern to you today?
  • Are there matters that are likely to grow in importance over the next 20 years?
  • What are the options for addressing them?

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

Public exhibitions: We held drop-in sessions and exhibitions around the District during October and early November 2017. Officers working on the Local Plan review were on hand to chat about the issues affecting Stroud District and to talk through your initial views.

Wotton under Edge  Town Hall, Market Street  Saturday 21st October, 9.30 – 12.30pm 
Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane Thursday 26th October, 3pm – 6.30pm 
Stroud Subscription Rooms, George Street Saturday 28th October, 9.30 – 12.30pm
Berkeley Town Hall, Salter Street Thursday 2nd November, 3pm – 6.30pm
Stonehouse Town Hall, High Street  Saturday 4th November, 9.30 – 12.30pm 
Nailsworth  Mortimer Room, Old Market  Wednesday 8th November, 3pm – 6pm 
Frampton Village Hall, The Street  Thursday 9th November, 3pm – 6.30pm 
Dursley Methodist Hall, Castle Street Saturday 11th November, 9.30 – 12.30pm
Painswick Town Hall, Victoria Square Tuesday 14th November, 3pm – 6.30pm
Cam Parish Council Office Thursday 16th November, 3pm – 6.30pm


Documents: The Stroud District Local Plan Review - Issues and Options 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


Throughout the Issues and Options Paper, we posed a number of questions to help focus feedback. The consultation period for making comments ran from Wednesday 11th October until Tuesday 5th December 2017.



 response form
 response form
 response 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


Further information

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


Tel. No. 01453 754143

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