Planning say handed down to Stroud parishes
MORE say over planning matters is set to be granted to smaller councils.
Stroud District Council's environment committee has agreed to confer neighbourhood status on the parishes of Eastington, Stonehouse and Whiteshill and Ruscombe.
This is the first stage of a process which could see these town and parish councils create their own localised plans to complement the Stroud District Local Plan, which maps out development until 2031, including up to 2,450 new homes.
Chairman of the environment committee, Councillor Simon Pickering (G, Valley), pictured, said: "This is a first for the people of Stroud.
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"These three councils now have the consent they need to start consultation on neighbourhood plans, which will flavour the future of their own communities."
The council'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."