The Stroudwater Navigation and the West of Stonehouse Development
Last year we drew your attention to a planning application for building over 1,300 houses West of Stonehouse. Many of you contacted the SDC Planning Department pointing out that such a large development close to the canal, should it go ahead, ought to provide a substantial financial contribution towards the canal restoration project.
At that time, the development was not supported in the draft Local Plan and, with many objections to the idea in principle, may not have happened anyway.
Local Plan changed
However, like it or not, the new draft Local Plan has been changed to include this development in the housing allocation. This revised plan is open to consultation until 5pm on 25th March.
We are therefore asking as many of you as possible to write or email in requesting that… a substantial financial contribution towards the canal restoration project be explicitly added to the Local Plan in relation to the West of Stonehouse development.
Major recreational outlet
The main justification for this is that the restored canal will be a major green recreational outlet for the 4,000 or so people living in the new development providing access to the countryside, traffic free commuting routes, additional jobs and restoring the canal is strategically important to the whole Stroud area and its well-being.
Two methods to register your views
Whichever method you choose please ensure that you refer to the changed policy PSC035
Local Plan Consultation
The Planning Strategy Team
Stroud District Council
Please remember to refer to the changed policy PSC 035 and include your name and address in your submission.
Ken Burgin comments…
"Please note that Cotswold Canals Trust is neither supporting nor opposing the principle of this development. But, the Cotswold Canals Trust is seeking an appropriate contribution towards the canal should it go ahead".
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