Stroud District Councillors’ Report

November 2019

Local Plan Review Consultation

Consultation on the Draft Local Plan, started on Wednesday 20 November, and will last 9 weeks, ending on Wednesday 22 January. The Local Plan is a blueprint for development in the district, which maps out where homes, employment and leisure uses will go.

Responses to this Draft Local Plan will be fed into the next stage - the pre-submission draft in 2020.

The purpose of this Draft Plan consultation is to understand:

Comments from Parish and Town Councils, as well as local residents and business are invited. Link: Stroud District Local Plan Review Draft Plan for Consultation

There will be a number of public exhibition sessions, which will be attended by SDC planners. Developers who are promoting major strategic sites will also be available to speak to separately at the open sessions.

An extra exhibition date in Berkeley is to be confirmed.

For more information on the Local Plan Review:


The County Homelessness Coordinator, Kathy Gibson, gave a presentation to councillors on 12 November about outreach work with homeless people in our area. Her presentation covered the pathway for homeless people, the resources available (including a new safe hub with sit up areas and access to support services in Cheltenham), the project to support entrenched rough sleepers, links to Street Vet (which helps street homeless dogs) and the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP). The SWEP is called between 1 Nov and 31 March if the weather drops to zero degrees or below for three days or more, or if there are ‘yellow’ weather warnings. It triggers extra help for the very small number of homeless people who refuse accommodation, with the police doing extra checks for people sleeping outside.

If you see someone who may be rough sleeping, anywhere at all in the UK – the best thing to do is to contact Streetlink who will contact the most local outreach team. They will go out to the place where the person has been reported, a number of times until they find them – and they will update you on the outcome if you’d like to know. There’s more information from Streetlink:

For more information see:

General Election – 12 December

The District Council elections team are busy preparing for the General Election. Most residents in Stroud District vote to elect a Member of Parliament for the Stroud constituency, but in Minchinhampton, Kingswood and Wotton-under-Edge parishes, residents come under the catchment for The Cotswolds parliamentary constituency. 81,000 poll cards have been dispatched to voters.