Stroud District Council is hitting the road and reaching out online to get as many views as possible on how the district will look by 2040.
The council must find room for 12,800 homes by then, and is consulting on the main issues around where we live, work and visit before it is finally adopted in 2021 as the district’s blueprint for development.
To gain maximum response, the council is running 12 public exhibitions, holding a town and parish council conference, communicating directly with key stakeholders and individuals, there is an online survey to fill in, and comments made on the council’s social media channels will be collated.
“Stroud District Council was the first in Gloucestershire to get its Local Plan signed off in 2015 but we were told we must revisit it and we have to find room for more homes,” said Council Leader Doina Cornell. “We must address this issue, so that we retain control of where development will be, rather than being told by Government.
“It’s really important that as many people as possible have their say, via the online survey, public exhibitions, social media and more traditional methods. The proposed sites are not set in stone and alternatives can be put forward at this stage.”
Garden villages, brownfield regeneration, meeting local needs at villages, supporting our town centres are all up for debate. The 12,800 target calculated by central Government is driven by a high need and relatively high cost of housing – it must be reached or Stroud District Council could lose some control of the planning process and Government could instead dictate where homes are built locally.
In this consultation, the council wants to know whether people think the Emerging Strategy addresses future development needs. At this stage, alternative approaches and development sites can be considered too.
Stage 2 of the Local Plan Review, The Emerging Strategy public consultation, runs until 18th January 2019 and all the details and a link to the online survey are at https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/planning-and-building-control/planning-strategy/stroud-district-local-plan-review
Comments can also be made at www.facebook.com/strouddistrictcouncil/ and @StroudDC on Twitter using the hashtag #Stroud2040.