Stroud Town Council wants to alter the blueprint which will shape the development of the town to ensure it has a greater impact.
More than 2,500 people were consulted in the creation of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) in 2016. It has been led by the Town Council.
The NDP focuses on three key themes – making Stroud town centre more welcoming, healthy and thriving. It covered the town centre.
Now the Town Council is applying to Stroud District Council to extend the area of the NDP to include the sites where Tesco, Homebase and Waitrose currently have stores.
Councillors believe that the proximity of the three sites to the High Street make them key in considering regeneration, the economy and employment in the town.
“Any changes in the supermarket sector may influence footfall to the town centre so these locations are identified as important potential development sites,” states the Town Council.
The Long Ground, which connects the Tesco and Homebase sites, is identified as a natural corridor to promote and protect biodiversity around the town centre and a greenspace for health and wellbeing, which is at the heart of the NDP vision. The Town Council has asked for it to be included in the NDP.
“We envisage that the NDP will address more effectively the environmental, social and economic issues such as employment opportunities, housing needs, infrastructure requirements, utility services and recreation facilities for the whole community, with the inclusion of these areas,” state the Town Council.