Westington set to vanish from map
WESTINGTON looks set to fall off the map when Stroud District Council takes one of its biggest decisions for years tomorrow night.
The controversial suggestion that 1,500 homes might be built west of Stonehouse is being recommended for deletion from the draft Local Plan.
The crucial meeting will be presented with it two different lists of sites for future new housing estates when it meets at Ebley Mill.
One from its environment committee lists 2,350 housing sites.
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The other from its strategy and resources committee comes up with 2,450 potential plots.
But both agree the previous reference to a reserve site west of Stonehouse should be deleted from the emerging plan.
Councillors are required to allocate land for around 2,400 homes which will be needed up until 2031.
They will be asked to decide on which allocations the public will be consulted on this autumn.
Council leader Coun Geoff Wheeler (Lab, Dursley) said he saw the recommendation from the strategy committee as "something the majority of councillors could support".
Coun Wheeler was "happy absolutely" that the reserve site be withdrawn and said: "This is probably the biggest decision we will make as this council".
Protestors from Keep Eastington Rural are among residents who oppose Westington. Campaign spokesman Tom Low said: "The reserve site was always a misguided concept because you don't go into a negotiation showing all your cards."
Mr Low's group preferred new homes dispersed around existing settlements to build stronger communities.
Richard James from the similar Don't Strangle Stroud campaign said he was delighted the "ill conceived" green fields site west of Stonehouse now looked as if it would be rejected.