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Planning Matters

Making A Planning Application

If you want to build an extension to your property or do other work to your home, or if you want to expand your business or change the use of your premises, you may need to apply for planning permission. Some minor alterations and extensions, particularly to houses, can often be carried out without the need for planning permission. This is known as permitted development. Further information and Guidance can be found on the Planning Portal of the Stroud District Council website which can be accessed via Links at the bottom of this page on the right hand side.

Major Development Application
Berkeley Vale Wind Park

At the Stroud District Council Development Control Committee meeting on the 12th April 2011, Councillors voted 7 – 2 to refuse the application for 4 wind turbines near Stinchcombe in the Berkeley Vale. The applicant lodged an Appeal against this decision with the government Planning Inspectorate in July 2011.

The appeal hearing commenced at 10:00am on Tuesday the 10th January 2012, and was adjourned on Friday the 13th January to be resumed on Monday the 26th March.

The Public Inquiry into the appeal re-convened on the 26th March but only for one day to consider noise issues. Because of the impending release of a government National Planning Policy Framework the Planning Inspector directed that all parties involved in the Inquiry should be given time to examine the new policy document. The Inquiry was adjourned to be resumed on Tuesday the 4th September.

The Public Inquiry re-convened on 4th September and was completed on Friday 7th September. The Planning Inspector’s decision was issued on 28th November 2012 and the applicant’s appeal was dismissed.