There are three types of supplementary guidance used to assist decision making on planning applications. According to the processes that they have been through in preparation, different weight is accorded to them in decision taking.
Supplementary planning documents (SPD)
This form of guidance is prepared under the post 2004 planning system. It must supplement a part of the Development Plan. SPDs (like SPGs) are used to provide further detail to policies and proposals contained in the Development Plan. SPDs are an important consideration in determining planning applications.
SPDs may cover a range of issues and can be thematic or site specific. For example, an SPD may be a design guide, development brief or a topic or issue based document.
The following documents have been adopted by the Council as SPDs
- Canals Strategy for Stroud District
- Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (697.8KB)
- The Industrial Heritage Conservation Area Management Proposals SPD
- Chalford Village Design Statement
Sustainable Construction SPD
The Sustainable Construction Checklist was produced to help applicants consider issues related to sustainable construction and design early in the development process thinking. The purpose of the Checklist is to advise and inform developers on a range of sustainability issues potentially relevant to their development. This approach should enable many building works to make an increased contribution to sustainable construction and design in accordance with Delivery Policy ES1 of the Local Plan. The documents were adopted by Council as SPD on 16th February 2017.
- Introduction to Sustainable Construction & Design Checklist
- Housing Checklist
- Non Domestic Checklist
Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)
This form of guidance was prepared under the pre 2004 planning system. It is non-statutory guidance which was prepared to supplement the Stroud District Local Plan (SDLP) 2005. As the 2005 Plan has now been superseded, these SPG's have limited weight. However, SPG’s may still be taken into account as material considerations in determining planning applications particularly if they relate to matters set out in the NPPF. The weight of the SPG in decision taking increases if it has been prepared in consultation with the public and has been the subject of a Council Resolution.
The following documents have been adopted by the Council as SPGs
- Stroud District Landscape Assessment SPG (November 2000)
- Stroud District Residential Design Guide SPG (November 2000)
- Stroud District Residential Development Outdoor Play Space Provision SPG (November 2000)
- Stroud District Shopfronts Guide (Version 2.0 December 2011)
Supplementary planning advice (SPA)
These documents support the planning policies adopted by the Council but have not been subject to the same level of process as either SPGs or SPDs. However, they can be referred to for guidance and may be used in decision making. The weight given to them may be more limited than other documents.
Please note that the Householder Design Guide (2007) and the Validation of planning applications (2013) SPA documents referred to in the Council’s Local Development Scheme (2017) are now out of date.
Supplementary planning advice documents adopted by the Council include Conservation Area Statements and community design statements (Village Design Statements or Parish Design Statements):
A Heritage Strategy for Stroud District (2018)
This strategy sets out the Council's approach to the positive management and enjoyment of Stroud District's historic environment and heritage assets. It was adopted as Supplementary Planning Advice on 8th February 2018. Please note, the Strategy is currently being finalised for publication, but you can view the adopted document here:
Standish House Planning Concept Statement (2015)
The Standish House Planning Concept Statement was adopted by the Council as Supplementary Planning Advice on 18th June 2015. The Statement provides a vision and guiding principles for the re-use and, if necessary, redevelopment of the former Standish Hospital site. The draft Statement, prepared in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency, was subject to six weeks public consultation and responses were received from a number of organisations and individuals. A number of changes to the draft document were made to take account of consultation responses received.
- The Standish House Planning Concept Statement - PDF
- Summary of consultation responses received - PDF
IHCA Design Guide (2008)
The Industrial Heritage Conservation Area Design Guide was adopted by Council as Supplementary Planning Advice (SPA) on 6th Nov 2008 and forms part of the IHCA Conservation Area Statement. It acts as a practical supplement to the policy and design guidance contained in the IHCA Management Proposals SPD and focuses on ways to preserve or enhance the local distinctiveness and special character of the eight conservation areas covered by the IHCA review through the design of new development – from small home extensions to major development schemes.
Stroud Public Realm Strategy
- Final Stroud Public Realm Strategy (PDF 6,554 KB)
- Public Realm FAQS (PDF 54 KB)
- Public Realm Strategy Statistics (PDF 17 KB)
Community and Village Design Statements (SPA)
Alkington Design Statement (2014)
The Alkington design statement was adopted on 19 June 2014 and will be a material consideration in decision making.
Bisley-with-Lypiatt Design Statement (2010)
The Bisley with Lypiatt Parish Village Design Statement was adopted by the Council on 11th November 2010 (with the exception of the Local Views Sections) and will be a material consideration in Development Control decision making.
- Bisley-with-Lypiatt Parish Village Design Statement (PDF)
- Bisley-with-Lypiatt Parish Public Consultation Record (PDF)
Chalford Community Design Statement (2019)
On the 12th September 2019 Stroud District Council adopted the Chalford Parish Design Statement Supplementary Planning Document. The adopted SPD provides guidance on aspects of the Stroud District Local Plan 2015 to 2031. This SPD has been prepared to guide applicants through the planning process to help ensure that Chalford’s physical environment is not harmed by a planning proposal and that any significant adverse impacts of a development scheme are addressed at the most appropriate stage of the planning process.
Frampton Community Design Statement (2018)
This Design Statement was adopted on 13th December 2018 at Environment Committee and is a material consideration in Development Management decision making. The documents in these links comprise the Frampton Community Design Statement and also the accompanying audit trail.
Kingswood Design Statement (2014) and Environmental Character Assessment Report
This Design Statement was adopted on 11th December 2014 at Environment Committee. The documents in this link comprise the Kingswood VDS and also the accompanying audit trail. The Council endorsed the accompanying Environmental Statement.
Longney and Epney Parish Design Statement
The Longney and Epney Parish Design Statement was adopted on 22 September 2011 and will be a material consideration in Development Control decision making. The following external link will take you to the document.
Nailsworth Design Statement
The Nailsworth Design Statement was adopted by the Council on 16.4.09 and should be regarded as a material consideration in making any development control recommendations or decisions.
Randwick Village Design Statement (2014)
This Design Statement was adopted on 11th December 2014 at Environment Committee and will be a material consideration in Development Management decision making. The documents in this link comprise the Randwick VDS and also the accompanying audit trail.
Slimbridge Design Statement (2017)
This Design Statement was adopted on 16th February 2017 at Environment Committee and is a material consideration in Development Management decision making. The documents in this link comprise the Slimbridge Design Statement and also the accompanying audit trail.
Stonehouse Design Statement (2005)
Approved by the Cabinet on 6 October 2005, The Stonehouse Design Statement, has been produced by a steering group comprised of non-elected residents and Stonehouse town councillors, working in close partnership with officers of the Council.
- Stonehouse Design Statement (PDF 2,671 KB)
- Stonehouse design statement Public Consultation (PDF 72 KB)
Uley & Owlpen Design Statement (2016)
This Design Statement was adopted on 15th September 2016 at Environment Committee and will be a material consideration in Development Management decision making. The documents in this link comprise the Uley & Owlpen Design Statement and also the accompanying audit trail.
Whitminster Design Statement (2014)
This Design Statement was adopted on 23rd October 2014 at Environment Committee and will be a material consideration in Development Management decision making. The following external link will take you to the document
Woodchester Parish Design Statement (2012)
The Woodchester Parish Design Statement was adopted on 26 April 2012 and will be a material consideration in decision making.
Conservation Area Statements (SPA)
The Council has adopted a number Conservation Area Statements as supplementary planning advice. These documents consist of conservation area character appraisals and 'management proposals' (including design guidelines), which should be used to guide the interpretation and application of Local Plan policies, particularly Policy ES10.
You can access all current Conservation Area Statements and find out about all the conservation areas in the District via the Conservation web pages.
Chalford Village Design Statement SPD Consultation
Chalford Village Design Statement SPD Consultation