A 15-year plan, called the Core Strategy, is being put together by Stroud District Council. It will identify key locations for jobs and housing.
The town council is happy to accept 300-800 new homes, as the plan suggests. However, it does not want them built on important greenfield sites around the edge of Stroud, such as Callowell Farm, Grange Fields, Slad Valley, Wades Farm and Rodborough Fields.
Instead the town council thinks development would be better on brownfield sites and should encourage re-use of land in the valley bottoms with building in places like Wallbridge, Cheapside, Lodgemore, Fromehall, Dudbridge, Ham Mills and Brimscombe Port.
“We agree with the district council that the development of areas around the edges of Cam, Stonehouse and Gloucester, along with brownfield sites in the five valleys, is the most sustainable way forward,” said town councillor Ben Spencer.
“We also feel we should join forces with the district and county councils to push for the reopening of the old railway station on the Bristol mainline.
“We believe new development on brownfield sites will help to strengthen Stroud by providing homes for more residents and accommodating more jobs,” he said.
The Core Strategy is looking at how best to distribute 3,200 new homes across the District and encourage up to 6,400 jobs in the district.
People have until March 19 to complete the forms and return them to the district council.
“It is vitally important for people to have a say in the future of the town and take part in this vital consultation,” said town mayor John Marjoram.
Paper copies of the form and guidance on how to complete it are available from the town council office or you can download them here:
Core Strategy Response form
Core Strategy Town Council guidance