The Inspector's report has found that the Stroud Local Plan provides an appropriate basis for planning of the district until 2031. The report also includes a number of modifications that had all been originally proposed by the Council. The modifications were summerised as:
- Amend the Strategic Objectives to address sustainable transport and the protection of water resources;
- Increase the overall housing requirement figure from 9,500 to 11,400 dwellings (2006-2031), with an additional provision of 950 care home spaces (2013-2031), and increase the employment land requirement from 37ha to 58ha (2006-2031), with an amended figure of between 6,800-12,500 net new jobs, and consequential amendments and updating of housing supply figures;
- Amend the commitment in Policy CP2 to an early review of the Plan commencing within five years of adoption or by December 2019, whichever is the sooner, and recognise the possibility of considering the need to assist other local planning authorities in the housing market area in meeting their future unmet objectively assessed development and infrastructure needs;
- Increase the capacity of the proposed strategic sites at Stroud Valleys from 300 to 450 dwellings, including Ham Mill (100), Brimscombe Port (150) and Wimberley Mills (100), with consequential amendments to Policy SA1 and the accompanying text and diagrams, including references to flood mitigation, infrastructure, highways and sustainable transport;
- Add a proposed new sustainable urban extension at West of Stonehouse (1,350 dwellings and 10ha of employment land), along with associated infrastructure, facilities and services, as set out in the Guiding Principles and detailed policy requirements, with consequential amendments to the Policies Map and diagrams;
- Add references to flood risk, infrastructure, highways and sustainable transport in the development strategy for Cam & Dursley;
- Increase the capacity and site area of the proposed Hunts Grove strategic site from 500 to 750 dwellings, with consequential amendments to Policy SA4, the accompanying text, Policies Map and diagrams, including references to flood mitigation, infrastructure, highways and sustainable transport;
- Add references to flood mitigation, impact on the Severn Estuary SAC/SPA, infrastructure, highways and sustainable transport in the strategy for Sharpness, including references to the Gloucestershire Science & Technology Park at the former Berkeley Power station site, with an additional policy and consequential amendments to the accompanying text, Policies Map and diagrams;
- Amend the affordable housing policy, to reflect the revised assessment of need for affordable housing and tenure split;
- Confirm that provision of self-build housing will be subject to appropriate demand being demonstrated;
- Confirm that the provision of employment space at sites allocated for mixed-use redevelopment will be subject to viability and site-specific circumstances;
- Amend policies on sustainable construction, design and low/zero-carbon energy to reflect the latest Government policy;
- Amend policies on ecological protection to reflect national policy on European Sites, including Severn Estuary and Rodborough Common, and Protected Species;
- Amend the detailed wording of policies to reflect discussions and agreements with prescribed bodies, including Environment Agency, Highways England, Highways Authority, Historic England and Natural England, relating to flood risk and mitigation, infrastructure delivery, highways and sustainable transport;
- Update and amend housing supply and delivery information, monitoring framework and glossary.
Stroud District Council had published its pre-submission draft Local Plan for a consultation that was held between 4 September 2013 and 16 October 2013
The draft Local Plan was then submitted by Stroud District Council to the Secretary of State for examination on 18 December 2013.
An Inspector had been appointed and hearing sessions were held between 1 and 3 April 2014. Following these hearing sessions the Inspector published the initial conclusions, highlighting concerns about housing numbers. Stroud District Council has now asked that the examination be suspended to allow time for further work to be done.
On 9 December 2014 Stroud District Council held a meeting to consider the work done during the suspension of the examination and approve changes to be made to the Local Plan. These changes were published as a schedule of proposed changes which was available for public consultation between 11 February 2015 and 25 March 2015.
Stroud District Council have published a schedule of further proposed changes to their Local Plan which also includes further main modifications. The document is available for consultation between 29 July 2015 and 9 September 2015.