There is a proposal to redevelop the former Market Tavern pub, Cornhill and Union Street. A planning application is expected at the end of the year with work not starting until 2016 if it is approved.
There are also three outstanding planning applications for out of town supermarkets on the fringes/outskirts of Stroud – Asda at Daniels Industrial Estate in Lightpill, a new supermarket on the site of Stroud Metal in Dudbridge and one on the former Brunsdon site in Ryford.
The town council supports in principle a town centre supermarket in preference to out of town supermarkets. Councillors are keen, though, to see exactly what the new development would look like as this is a prominent site.
“It is important to protect the character of the town centre,” said Mayor, Amanda Moriarty, “And the Farmers’ Market remains a priority for the Town Council.”
The district council’s planning committee delayed a decision on the three applications following news that an application is expected for a fourth store on the Market Tavern site.
“We are aware of the imminent application for a supermarket at the Market Tavern site within the town centre and we view this as an important development which should be taken into account before a decision is made on the other three applications,” said town councillor Simon Arundel.
“If Stroud is to have an additional supermarket then it is our view that the pending fourth supermarket application at this location may provide an opportunity to reinvigorate trade in Stroud Town centre (which already has 24 empty shops) and be a far preferable alternative to the other applications.”