Draft Stroud plan sets out to boost housing delivery by 40 per cent

Stroud District Council in Gloucestershire has published a draft local plan which aims to increase housing delivery by 40 per cent while achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

Stroud: local plan update out for consultation (pic: Wikimedia)
Stroud: local plan update out for consultation (pic: Wikimedia)

The district’s current local plan was adopted in November 2015 and includes a housing target of 11,400 units between 2006 and 2013, equating to 456 homes a year.

But a statement issued by the council this week said that the standard method for calculating housing need means it must increase delivery to 638 homes a year as part of a review of the plan. 

"The nearest figure to this actually delivered in Stroud District was 573 homes in 2014/15," the authority said.

The new draft local plan includes a commitment to deliver at least 12,800 homes between 2020 and 2040, alongside 650 care home bed spaces and at least 50 hectares of employment land. This would meet the standard method-based figure. 

Proposed strategic allocations include 1,200 homes south of Hardwicke, 750 homes at Hunts Grove, 700 homes at Cam North West, and 180 homes at Cam North East.

All new development will be expected to "minimise the need to travel" and "designed to discourage the use of the private car", the plan states.

Stroud District Council declared a climate emergency last year and the draft local plan includes policies encouraging zero carbon construction and design, renewable energy projects, and sustainable transport infrastructure.

The council said it intends to approve the draft plan in July next year with a view to submitting the document for examination in November.

Consultation on the current draft will last nine weeks, ending on 22 January. 

Earlier this month, Sevenoaks District Council criticised a planning inspector over a suggestion that the authority’s local plan should be withdrawn from examination.

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