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Battle begins over plan for 2,450 new homes

By CCampbell  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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Battle lines were drawn as developers, planners and campaig-ners went head to head over a controversial blueprint for development across the Stroud district.Today could see a hard-fought battle over Stroud District Council's local plan between developers and campaigners.

Council leader Geoff Wheeler said it believes it has its locations and numbers for houses up to 2031 right – and wants to head off speculative applications from developers.

"Stroud District Council is committed to producing a local plan which promotes growth and development for the next 15 plus years," he said.

"We are acutely aware of the need to plan properly for the future growth, rather than allow speculative developments."

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Campaigners from Don't Strangle Stroud and Keep Eastington Rural are likely to contest what developers have in mind for sites across the district today.

Yesterday planners from the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury local authorities set out where their joint core strategy for development and there was concern it may not match up with Stroud's plan.

The draft plan for where up to 2,450 homes and employment zones should be, is being scrutinised by Government inspector Stephen Pratt at the council's Ebley Mill headquarters.

It sets out a future for 500 homes at Hunt's Grove which abuts Gloucester, 400 houses north east of Cam, 300 more at Sharpness, 300 in the Stroud valleys, 150 new council houses and 750 windfalls – unexpected permissions.

Developers including Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Robert Hitchins, Gladman Developments and Leda Properties are expected to make their case for sites, some of which may not be in the plan.

One proposal for 1,500 homes west of Stonehouse, dubbed 'Westington', could still come forward from developer Robert Hitchins.

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