Time to have your say on 18-year housing strategy
CONSULTATION begins today on a plan to deliver new homes and jobs to the Five Valleys and Severn Vale over the next 18 years.
Anyone can comment on the new draft Stroud District Local Plan for the next six weeks by viewing it online.
Alternatively parish council offices which are open to the public and libraries will have paper copies.
Comments on the form provided can be emailed or posted.
Gents, come in to Earl's & Co and enjoy a haircut and finish, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £18.50
Terms: Later and earlier appointments available upon request
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
Geoff Wheeler, pictured, the district council's leader, said the ambition was to deliver two new jobs for every new home identified in the plan.
He said: "We're looking at creating an environment for up to 6,200 jobs, with new employment land and support for existing employment sites, to accompany the 2,450 additional homes that need to be built."
The council's strategy was based on a small number of identified growth sites, which were in or next to larger settlements, so they could benefit from access to services, facilities, jobs and main roads rather than dispersed around small settlements.
It had taken four years to develop and fine tune the draft plan and Coun Wheeler said: "As well as development at the key sites, the plan also has the flexibility to allow local developments."
Those could account for 750 homes, called windfalls, over the period, he said.
An extension of Hunt's Grove would account for 500 homes; Quedgeley east was earmarked for 13 hectares of employment; north east Cam, 450 homes, 12 hectares for employment; Sharpness, 300 homes, 17 hectares employment; Stroud valleys, 300 homes plus employment intensification; and Stonehouse 10 hectares employment.