Councils given new planning powers
NEW powers to decide where residential developments should be sited have been passed to three parish councils in the district.
Stroud District Council’s environment committee has agreed to confer neighbourhood status on the parishes of Eastington, Stonehouse and Whiteshill and Ruscombe.
The move is the first step in a process that could eventually see the town and parish councils creating their own neighbourhood plans, which would allow local councillors to identify sites they consider suitable for development.
Chairman of the environment committee, Cllr Simon Pickering (Green, Slade), said: "This is a first for the people of Stroud. These three councils now have the consent they need to start consultation on neighbourhood plans, which will flavour the future of their own communities."
SDC's head of planning Phil Skill added: "The role of a neighbourhood plan is to add detail to national policies and the emerging district local plan.
"These plans should be pro sustainable growth and will be subject to independent public examination and a referendum before taking effect."
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