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  • "If SDC had included West of Stonehouse in the Core Strategy none of these 'get rich schemes ' would have seen the light of day. SDC has been responsible for under supply of housing in the area for over 20 years. They say they want affordable housing but it will not happen without larger scale development. Too much looking after their jobs rather than applying themselves to the rules of the game laid out in the NPPF - a pillar of the Tory manifesto when they were voted in. It was all there in black and white but now they are complaining!!!!! In all this xenophobic ranting nobody seems to say anything about employment in the area . If this is not addressed then Stroud will not require much housing and in a few years time it will become so gentrified and expensive that nobody under 50 will be able to afford a house in the area and more tumbleweed will be rolling down the High St. Maybe that's how some of the main protesters want it so their little acreages in the country will be even more valuable and the grandchildren can ride a pony in the orchard."
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Neil Carmichael praises Neighbourhood Plans during Parliamentary debate

Neil Carmichael praises Neighbourhood Plans during Parliamentary debate

Neil Carmichael praises Neighbourhood Plans during Parliamentary debate

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STROUD MP Neil Carmichael this week praised the work of communities in Chalford, Dursley and Eastington in working towards compiling neighbourhood plans, during a debate in the House of Commons.

During questions to Nick Boles, Minister for Planning, Neil asked whether the Minister agreed that neighbourhood plans were an ‘appropriate protector against inappropriate developments’, with which the Minister concurred.

In July last year Neil held a seminar inviting town and parish councils to discuss developing a neighbourhood plan with key local planning consultants, and has been a champion of local communities having the ability to shape development in their areas.

Neil is currently supporting residents in Kings Stanley and Leonard Stanley, who are opposed to development at Mankley Field, and has noted the failure of Stroud District Council to implement a local plan which would protect such areas from developers.

Speaking following the debate, Neil Carmichael commented: “Neighbourhood plans are crucial in giving communities a strong voice to choose what, and where, development takes place within their area. “I am delighted that Chalford, Eastington and Dursley, among other communities, have taken the initiative, and hope that more will follow suit.

“Stroud District Council’s failure to prepare a local plan has opened the door to developers, but by adopting a neighbourhood plan communities can keep large-scale developments in unwanted areas at bay.”

Planning Minister Nick Boles will be visiting the Stroud constituency in April, to discuss development sites around the district.

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