- Local & Strategic Planning
- Public Consultation
- Urban & Rural Planning
- Urban Design & Masterplanning
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
A site to the west of Stonehouse was promoted by Pegasus Group in the early stages of the preparation of the Stroud Local Plan. The site was recommended by officers to be included in the Pre-Submission Draft in July 2013 but as a reserve site, on the basis that it would be allocated only if it was determined at Examination by the Inspector that additional housing was required to meet the objectively assessed housing need. However, members resolved to delete any reference to a reserve site and the Plan was submitted for Examination without the West of Stonehouse allocation in December 2013.
Consequently, on behalf of our client Robert Hitchins Ltd. we submitted representations to the Council and became an objector at the Local Plan Examination. The Initial Examination Stage 1 hearing sessions were held on 1 – 3 April 2014. Following publication of the Inspector’s Initial Conclusions on Stage 1 of the examination in June 2014, the Council agreed to suspend the examination in order to enable further work to be undertaken on the OAN.
The Local Plan Examination was suspended and further work was undertaken, resulting in Proposed Modifications reinstating the allocation of land west of Stonehouse in the Plan. The Examination Hearing Sessions resumed in May 2015 and the allocation was supported, a Statement of Common Ground was produced with the Council and despite some minor points we supported the Council on this allocation at the Examination. The Inspector’s Report was published in November 2015 increasing the overall housing requirement and endorsing the proposed new urban extension west of Stonehouse.
Having secured the allocation at Land West of Stonehouse on behalf of our clients Robert Hitchins Ltd. and Redrow Homes, Stroud District Council resolved to grant outline planning permission for 1,350 dwellings and associated infrastructure including a primary school and local centre. Pegasus Group prepared the Local Plan Representations, the Planning Application, and undertook Public Consultation, EIA and Urban Design services in support of this Sustainable Urban Extension.