DOZENS of residents are objecting to major plans to build 2,140 homes, a school, transport hub and business park which they fear will turn a Gloucestershire village into a town.

Robert Hitchins Ltd submitted two separate outline planning applications to Stroud District Council in March to develop land north and south of Grove Lane in Whitminster.

Their proposals for the northern site include up to 1,240 homes, 1.6 hectares for a local centre, a transport interchange hub, sports facilities and open space.

While their scheme to the south of the lane includes 900 residential properties, 4.8 hectares of employment land and a strategic transport hub along with sports and recreation facilities.

One of the residents, who has lodged an objection against the plans, said they moved from Bristol to live in Whitminster five years ago after being drawn to the vast countryside and village feel.

But they fear the village cannot cope with the extra population the new homes would bring and it would turn Whitminser into a town.

Another objector, who says they may leave the area if the scheme gets the go-ahead, said they are very concerned about the increased amount of traffic on the A38 which is already a very busy road.

They say access out of and into School Lane will become difficult as there are already delays there on occasions.

“It will affect current wildlife with more roadkill and will probably affect the many birds we currently have in Whitminster.

"It’s already a busy and congested area and there will be extra pressure on Culverhay surgery which covers the area and no provision of schools locally. Everyone will have to get into cars to get to any amenities.”

Consultants working on the scheme say the proposals have been designed while engaging with residents.

And they say the proposals will create housing choice and provide areas of accessible public open space, while improving public access across the site connecting the wider pedestrian network.

The scheme would also deliver 4.8 hectares of land for employment also included is a local centre 1.6 hectares with commercial businesses, shops and could include a pub and hot food takeaway.

People can view and comment on the proposals by searching for applications S.23/0440/OUT (north site) and S.23/0445/OUT (south site) on Stroud District Council’s online planning portal.

Officers are expected to consider both proposals by August 31, 2023.