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Stroud: a planning consultant’s view

Plainview Planning regularly provide planning consultancy services throughout Stroud.

It is a district with unique challenges and dominated by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This means that even straightforward proposals must be assessed carefully to ensure that no harm is being caused to the AONB.

On a strategic level the district faces some tough choices in the coming months, with a recent appeal and High Court case in Cam highlighting that the Council cannot demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing land. The Inspector noted:

Even if all the Council’s identified supply sites are accepted as being deliverable, on the basis of using the 9,350 target, the Council is still unable to demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing land.

The emerging Local Plan is going to Examination in Public imminently with some serious questions over whether housing need in the district has been objectively assessed. Some interesting times ahead.

Plainview Planning have worked on a wide range of projects in the local area. If you are looking for assistance with your planning application or planning appeal do feel free to contact us directly.

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