Hill Paul

Shaping the heart of Stroud is a community led process that will create a neighbourhood development plan for the town centre in Stroud.

The plan will establish general planning policies and proposals for the development and use of land in the town centre.

It will be a statutory plan with the same legal weight as the Stroud District Local Plan (once adopted) when planning decisions are made by the District and Town Councils.

The plan has been drawn up by volunteers working with the Town Council, which is the body authorised to draft the plan. It will be subject to consultation, an independent examination and a referendum in which it is proposed that all electors of the Stroud Town Council parish will have a vote.

You can read a briefing which was prepared to the launch event held on 26 July 2014 as a result of an open invitation to attend issued by Stroud Town Council. 70 people attended this event –  a great start!

To get things started Stroud Town Council made an application for designation in order to develop a neighbourhood plan.

This went to Stroud District because it is the Local Planning Authority. It published a notice which invited public comments on the application.

The designation sought by the town was granted by the District Environment Committee report which designated the area of Stroud town centre as a neighbourhood area in respect of which a neighbourhood development plan can be created. A formal certificate has been issued to confirmation this designation and authorise the Town Council as being the relevant body to bring the plan forward.