Around 70 people attended the public launch of the town centre’s Neighbourhood Development Plan at Lansdown Hall.
“We were pleased with the turn-out and that many people were interested in helping to create the Neighbourhood Plan,” said Prof Hugh Barton, member of Interim Steering Group for the development plan.
Stroud Town Council agreed to work with local residents to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the town centre and Cheapside area.
Once completed and approved by the community, the plan would become a statutory planning document that can be used to support or challenge planning applications. It will cover the town centre including Merrywalks, the Cheapside area and the main gateways into the town.
It is vital that it reflects the full range of local people’s views – both those that live in or near the town and those that work or do business here.
At the launch meeting there was a great response to a call for volunteers to help with the process of creating a Plan.
However, more volunteers are needed, so there is still plenty of opportunity to get involved for each of the thematic groups, and suggestions for the Steering group with the intention of starting the initial preparatory work over the summer.
Once the Steering Group proper is formed, it will be responsible for managing the preparation of the plan.
It is hoped the Plan will be completed by May next year. Then it will be submitted to an independent inspector appointed by the district council for a formal examination.
If approved it will then be subject to a referendum where Stroud people will be able to vote for or against its adoption.