Fears 300 homes are in pipeline
CAMPAIGNERS are gearing up to fight 300 homes being mooted for Slad Valley fields.
A fresh battle looms to safeguard the green fields beneath Summer Street, after speculative developer Gladman confirmed it had approached Stroud District Council and the town council to discuss the site.
"It is very early days," said project manager Anusha Peries at Gladman which has already undertaken soil surveys at the three fields known as Baxter's Fields.
Summer Street residents have already started distributing leaflets, alerting neighbours to the threat and calling for a public meeting.
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"All the neighbours are very worried about it," said Mary Jarrett of Summer Street. "It could be a couple of hundred houses. This is a big development company."
Stroud's Mayor Amanda Moriarty raised the issue at Monday's town council meeting.
"A pressing issue is the proposed development at Baxter's Field. It's a large area that's being proposed and could be a huge development of 300 houses."
Speaking at the meeting District Councillor David Drew (Lab Farmhill and Paganhill) was concerned about the state of limbo that exists until the district's core strategy on housing is agreed.
"We need to be vigilant and all work together otherwise we are going to see developers running amok for a few months."
Stroud's MP Neil Carmichael has vowed to support residents' fight against development.
"How can you build on these fields overlooking the Slad Valley which is one of the iconic vistas in Stroud?"
Head of planning at Stroud District Council, Phil Skill said: "We are aware of a company's interest and are awaiting its formal submission."
The site is not part of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.