The Neighbourhood Development Plan has been approved by independent examiner Mr John Parmiter.
Mr Parmiter congratulated the town council and the volunteers for “all the hard work that has clearly gone into the drafting of what is such a well-presented plan”.
Over the past year more than 2,500 people were consulted in the creation of the Neighbourhood Development Plan. It was prepared by an independently chaired Steering Group set up by Stroud Town Council.
The plan has been praised by businesses and organisations including Historic England, the Federation of Small Businesses and the County Council.
The report focuses on three key themes – making Stroud town centre more welcoming, healthy and thriving.
“I congratulate the Town Council on taking such a positive approach to the plan’s aspirations for change, housing growth, for regeneration and accommodating sustainable development in the town centre.”
Residents of Stroud parish on the electoral register will be able to vote on the plan in a referendum in August.
When it is completed and approved by the community, the plan will become a statutory planning document that can be used to support or challenge planning applications.
It is the first Neighbourhood plan to be submitted to Stroud District Council.