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We’re planning for the district’s economy – tell us what you think

Published: Wednesday, 22 December, 2021

Stroud District Council’s vision for a sustainable, inclusive and thriving economy for our businesses, communities and visitors is in the making – and we need your views on it.

The Council has prepared a Draft Economic Development Strategy, which covers the next 10 years.

Views are welcome on all parts of the strategy including:

  • Does the vision meet the overarching needs of the District?
  • Do you agree with the key economic objectives and commitments outlined?
  • Do you feel we have the correct priority sectors outlined in the District?
  • What are the top three priority sectors for your area?

The strategy will be accompanied by an action plan, outlining how we will work to meet the commitments of the strategy; this will be developed over the Winter, going live in March 2022.

“We have a new Council Plan in place which maps out our priorities for the next five years,” said Council Leader Doina Cornell. “Given the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is vitally important that we do all we can to continue to support the local economy.

“We are already doing a great deal – for example preparing a Levelling Up Fund bid, measuring more closely the effects of council contracts locally with a new Social Value Portal, holding quarterly Market Town Forum meetings, and working closely with the new Growth Hub at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in the local economy to make their views known.”

The strategy can be seen at - to comment, please clearly identify which section of the document you are referencing, including page number, chapter title and sub heading where relevant.

If you wish to comment on the draft Economic Development Strategy, please contact Amy Beckett via email: or by post to:  

Amy Beckett, Economic Development Team, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Stroud, GL5 4UB

The closing date for comments is 10 February 2022.

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