Neighbourhood Development Plan
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Minutes of meetings
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan 2016 – 2031
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan takes the opportunity offered by the Localism Act 2011 to create a statutory plan which will shape, protect and enhance Stonehouse for the next decade and a half.
The Neighbourhood Plan aims to ensure that the development of the town will contribute to what residents most value about Stonehouse; a strong, friendly community, a distinctive thriving town in a beautiful rural setting with excellent transport links and employment opportunities. All planning applications will have to pay regard to and conform with this Plan through to 2031.
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan is based on extensive public consultation; it was prepared by an independent group of volunteers including both residents and town councillors, the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Working Group. The Neighbourhood Plan Progress page gives more information on how the plan was developed. You can also view information on the submission of the draft Plan to the District Council, consultation undertaken for the Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan evidence base on this website.
Work to develop a plan for Stonehouse took place between September 2013 and March 2016 and concluded with a referendum on 23 November 2017 when 85.2% of electors casting a vote, voted to accept the plan.
Stroud District Council formally adopted the plan on 22nd February 2018. It now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for the District of Stroud. It will be used when the District Council decides planning applications within Stonehouse. Please see Stroud District Council’s Made Neighbourhood Plans web page for further information on the adoption of Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan and its progress through the neighbourhood planning process.
Stonehouse Town Council’s Regeneration and Environment Committee is responsible for monitoring and reviewing the Neighbourhood Plan.
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group, made up of residents and Town Councillors, prepared a draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for Stonehouse under powers granted by the Localism Act 2011.
The submission draft of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan took account of representations received during the six week period of consultation, from 1st July 2016 to 12 August 2016, on the pre-submission draft of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations.
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group received planning consultancy support, paid for by a Locality Grant, during the development of the submission draft, including a Health Check to advise on the conformity of the draft Plan with national and local planning policy.
Regulation 15: Submission of Neighbourhood Plan to Local Planning Authority
On 17th March 2017 Stonehouse Town Council submitted their draft neighbourhood development plan and related documents to Stroud District Council under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (As Amended).
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan, 2016-2031, Submission Draft
Basic Conditions Statement
Map 1: Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Area
Appendix A: Designation of Neighbourhood Area certificate
Appendix B: Relationship with National Planning and Policy Framework
Appendix C: Contribution to the achievement of sustainable development
Appendix D: Conformity with the Strategic Policies in Local Plan
Appendix E: Assessment of contribution to the achievement of sustainable development
Appendix F: SEA HRA screening determination report Stroud District Council
Appendix G: Schedule of key evidence used
Regulation 16: Post-submission consultation and publicity
Stroud District Council held a six week consultation on the submission draft of the Plan from 5th April 2017 to 17th May 2017; for consultation responses see (https://www.stroud.gov.uk/environment/planning-and-building-control/planning-strategy/neighbourhood-planning/emerging-neighbourhood-plans/stonehouse-town-council-plan/stonehouse-regulation-16).
The Neighbourhood Plan sets out the community’s views on the development and use of land in their neighbourhood, so consultation with the community at all stages is an important part of the process.
Consultation throughout the process of creating the plan is set out in full in the following documents, including the six week period of consultation, from 1st July 2016 to 12 August 2016, on the pre-submission draft of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations.
Please see these links for information on:
- Submission of draft Plan
An initial on line residents survey carried out in January to February 2014 was completed by 95 people.
On 10th May 2014, the working group, supported by a Locality/Community Development Foundation grant, ran their first public consultation event at Stonehouse Town Hall, attended by 64 people. The aim was to inform the community about the Neighbourhood Plan and find out what issues they wanted the Plan to address. Thirty seven comment forms were returned and people also provided comments on post it notes.
Issues Consultation May 2014: Consultation boards
Issues Consultation May 2014 : Post-it notes
Issues Consultation May 2014 : Summary of responses
Summary findings from consultations on issues
What people like about Stonehouse:
Friendly community with good town centre facilities for shopping, health care, education and recreation. Good location, good transport links, flat walking and cycling and access to the countryside.
What people don’t like about Stonehouse:
Too much through traffic on High Street, congestion from motorways and factories, parking on High Street; lack of choice on High Street, lack of night life; disused buildings and sites; concern regarding threat to library and loss of amenities.
How people would like to see Stonehouse develop:
To see the town develop as a vibrant, thriving place with a range of shops, links to the canal and green spaces and a strong friendly community. Less rubbish, improvements to dilapidated buildings.
- Housing: Affordable housing, starter homes, housing for the elderly and those with mobility problems should be provided. Housing should have good access to town and transport.
- Economy: Support for small businesses, jobs and apprenticeships for local people and re-opening Bristol Road station. Better cycle routes and footpaths between town and industrial sites.
- Environment: Green spaces popular; should be conserved.
- Amenities: Better variety of shops; more community facilities, play areas and a swimming pool needed.
- Transport: More/improved cycle paths, more public transport.
Vision and objectives
A second major consultation event was held at Park Junior School on 5th July 2014, as part of Stonehouse Community Partnership Arts Festival. The aim was to seek further information on issues raised at the first consultation to assist with drawing up a draft vision and objectives. Twenty three comment forms were completed.
A draft vision and set of objectives was drawn up based on analysis of consultation responses carried out by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC).
Consultation on the draft vision and objectives took place through the Town Council website from September 2014, at an Investigating Stonehouse event, Good Will Fest 2014 and through an on line survey (December 2014 to January 2015) which received 40, largely positive, responses.
Draft Vision and objectives consultation material
Draft Vision and Objectives Consultation 2014-15: Investigating Stonehouse post-it comms
Draft Vision and Objectives Consultation 2014-15: GoodWill Fest comments
Draft Vision and Objectives Consultation 2014-15: On line survey results
The group used the Vision and Objectives developed through consultation to inform the next stage of work, policy development.
The Vision and Objectives were formally agreed by Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group at a meeting of 26 November 2015 and further refined after comments were sought from Stroud District Council and an independent planning consultant.
Summary of consultation results by theme
A summary of the consultation results from May 2014 to September 2014 organised by theme (Amenities, Transport, Development and housing, Employment and Environment) was prepared by a Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group member.
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Results May to Sep 2014 by Theme
The working group developed policies under the theme areas of Amenities and Facilities, Economic Development, Environment, Housing and Getting Around. Policy development work was informed by consultation findings, evidence and research and local and national planning guidance. Assistance with drafting policies was received from a planning consultancy, Stuart Todd Associates and paid for with a grant from Locality.
Consultation with groups
The working group has consulted with local youth clubs, Stonehouse Community Partnership Schools Group, the British Legion (results within Stonehouse_Neighbourhood_Plan_Consultation_Results_to_Sep_2014_by_Theme), Maidenhill School Council, Wycliffe College, local businesses, (business event attendance list), GFirst LEP (the Local Enterprise Partnership for Gloucestershire), Stonehouse Children’s Centre and Stonehouse History Group.
Public consultation on emerging policies
On 17 October 2015, the group held a Neighbourhood Plan Update public consultation event to gather views on emerging policies. Around 70 people attended and there was a largely positive response to the policy ideas displayed.
Emerging policies consultation October 2015: response analysis
The following bodies were consulted on emerging policies and their responses used to shape the draft Neighbourhood Plan policies.
Stroud District Council
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group received a range of help, advice and comments from Stroud District Council during the development of the draft Neighbourhood Plan, including:
Vision and Objectives consultation: Boards and Hand Out
Presentations to Annual Town Meetings
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group gave presentations to update the public and town councillors on the development of the Neighbourhood Plan and the Annual Town Meetings of 27 April 2015 and 25 April 2016.
As a statutory planning document, a neighbourhood development plan needs to be supported by robust evidence to underpin its policies and proposals.
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group have used a range of sources as evidence including national and local planning guidance, the evidence base for the Local Plan, existing data relating to Stonehouse and data gathered by group members.
All policies were also informed by the Consultation results (click on link to view) from a range of consultation exercises.
National and local planning guidance
Neighbourhood plans must be in conformity with national planning policy and strategic policies in the Local Plan. The draft Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan for consultation includes references to relevant policies in the National Planning Policy Framework and Stroud District Local Plan in the justifications for the policies.
Stonehouse: Reports and Data
The following reports contain useful data about Stonehouse:
The following documents informed the development of the draft Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan:
Stonehouse Design Statement – Supplementary Planning Advice (2005)
Stonehouse Community Plan (2008)
Evidence used for each policy theme:
Amenities and facilities
Travel and transport
Gloucestershire’s Local Transport Plan (2015-2031)
Manual for Gloucestershire Streets 4th edition, April 2016
Gloucestershire Countryside Access and Rights of Way Improvement Plan, 2011-2026
Gloucestershire County Council Cycle Facility Guidelines, March 2012
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2011 Update Report, Stroud District Council
Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update, March 2014
Stroud District Council, Examination of Stroud District Local Plan, Stage 2 Hearing Statement, Matter 3B: Making Places – Stonehouse Cluster
Stonehouse Planning Completions and Commitments 2006-2015, Stroud District Council
Retail, residential and amenity land survey, Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group (April 2014)
Notes of meeting of 3 March 2015 with Stroud District Council regarding Housing and Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan
Notes of meeting of 6 March 2015, Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group and Wycliffe College
Stonehouse Housing Report, July 2015, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
Housing Briefing Paper, Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group, August 2015
Notes of meeting of 15 November with Stroud District Council regarding emerging housing policies and Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Population and Housing Evidence, May 2016
Call for sites
A call for sites was made using the Spring and Summer 2015 editions of Stonehouse News; one response was received of land unsuitable for development. The site assessment was carried out using criteria agreed by Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group and a sustainability checklist based on sustainability objectives set out by the Sustainability Appraisal used for the development of Stroud District Council’s Local Plan.
Stroud District Employment Land Study, 2013
The Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire, GFirst LEP (Local Economic Partnership), 2014
The Gloucestershire Growth Deal, GFirst LEP
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Business Consultation event, response summary, October 2014
Notes of meeting of 16 June 2015 with GFirst LEP regarding Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan
Stonehouse Town Character Assessment
The Stonehouse Town Character Assessment has been carried out by volunteers at a level of detail sufficient to meet the purposes of contributing to the Neighbourhood Plan evidence base and identifying opportunities for the town. It therefore does not aim to provide detailed description or analysis of the diverse natural and manmade features of the town.
The character assessment work was carried out by members of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan working group using guidance and pro formas from primarily, Bath and North East Somerset District Council (BNESDC) (“Snapshot” Character Assessment Toolkit, Bath and North East Somerset District Council and Place Studio) and also from Planning Aid England.
The six character area summaries covering the town together with the character assessments they were based on are shown below:
Introduction and summary which contains links to the Character Area summaries shown below.
Map_to_show_Stonehouse_Town_Character_Assessment_Zones (with thanks to Steve Palmer, Isight Design)
West of High Street, Character Area Summary 2
Character Assessment North West
Character Assessment Little Australia
Character Assessment Elm Road and Laburnum Area
Character Assessment Park Estate
Character Assessment South West
Local Green Space
Evidence for each of the four areas proposed for designation as Local Green Space in the draft Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed at: Local Green Space Evidence
The Progress of Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan: from Area Designation to Adoption
Stonehouse Town Council and members of the community have prepared a statutory Neighbourhood Development Plan for Stonehouse under new powers granted by the government (the Localism Act 2011). Neighbourhood Development Plans give communities direct power to plan the areas in which they live – but they relate only to the use and development of land in their area.
Work to develop a plan for Stonehouse took place between September 2013 and March 2016 and concluded with a referendum on 23 November 2017 when 85.2% of electors casting a vote, voted to accept the plan. The turn-out for the referendum was 10 per cent.
Stroud District Council formally adopted the plan on 22nd February 2018. It is now a statutory planning document that can be used when the District Council decides planning applications within Stonehouse.
A neighbourhood planning working group made up of residents and town councillors oversaw the development of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work.
The government has introduced the community right to do neighbourhood planning through the Localism Act.
General regulations governing neighbourhood planning came into effect in April 2012.
Regulations on the referendum stage came into force in August 2012.
Neighbourhood development plans or orders do not take effect unless there is a majority of support in a referendum of the neighbourhood.
They also have to meet a number of conditions before they can be put to a community referendum and legally come into force. These conditions are to ensure plans are legally compliant and take account of wider policy considerations (e.g. national policy).
The conditions are:
- they must have regard to national planning policy
- they must contribute to the achievement of sustainable development
- they must be in general conformity with strategic policies in the development plan for the local area (i.e. such as in a Local Plan)
- they must be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.
An independent qualified person then checks that a neighbourhood development plan or order appropriately meets the conditions before it can be voted on in a local referendum. This is to make sure that referendums only take place when proposals are workable and of a decent quality.
If proposals pass the referendum, the local planning authority is under a legal duty to bring them into force. The plan will become a statutory document which will be taken into account when planning applications are considered and planning proposals are made.
Developing Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan
In March 2013 Stonehouse Town Council formed a working group of residents and members to oversee the development of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan.
On 12th September 2013 Stroud District Council’s Environment Committee approved the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation and Stonehouse Town Council as the qualifying body for the production of a neighbourhood plan.
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Working Group met regularly from July 2013 to October 2017. Meetings, were usually held fortnightly at Stonehouse Town Hall on Thursday evenings, and were open to the public.
From January 2014, the working group carried out public consultation on issues for the Neighbourhood Plan, a vision and objectives and emerging policies. They held consultation meetings with a range of local groups and collected evidence to support policy development. Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) advised on planning public consultations and provided analysis of the results. The working group also gathered evidence relevant to the Neighbourhood Plan.
From July 2015 to March 2016 the group worked on policy development and appointed a planning consultant who provided expert advice on drafting policies for the Neighbourhood Plan.
A draft plan was approved at the Town Council Annual General Meeting, 23 May 2016. The draft Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan was open to a 6 week public consultation period from 1st July to 12 August 2016. Responses to all representations were prepared by Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Group. A submission draft of the plan was prepared and approved at a Town Council meeting of 23rd January 2017. The draft Plan and supporting documents were submitted to Stroud District Council in March 2017.
The Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan has been through independent examination. The examiner recommended that the plan, once modified, should proceed to a Referendum. Stroud District Council held a Referendum relating to the adoption of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan on Thursday 23 November 2017. Electors voted to accept the plan.
For further information on the progress of Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan from area designation to adoption; and to view the referendum version of the Stonehouse Neighbourhood Development Plan, please see Stroud District Council’s website.
Whilst members of Stonehouse Town Council were closely involved in the working group, it is important to emphasise that this was a community project. The working group welcomed the involvement of all residents, local groups and businesses. If you would like any further information about the Neighbourhood Plan please contact Rachel Russell, Committee Clerk, on committeeclerk@stonehousetowncouncil, 01453 822070 or drop into the Town Hall.
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|Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Designated Boundary||July 22, 2013||471kb||Download File|
|SDC Environment Committee Report – Neighbourhood Designation||September 12, 2013||91kb||Download File|
|Stonehouse Designated as a Neighbourhood Area||September 12, 2013||External||61kb||Download File|
Stonehouse Neighbourhood Plan Working Group Terms of Reference
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Other Documents Supporting the Neighbourhood Plan
Stonehouse Design Statement – 2005:
This document sets out to explain how the requirements of Stroud District Council’s Local Plan (2005) may be applied to Stonehouse. Its key message is that any development should be in keeping with its immediate surroundings.
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|Stonehouse Design Statement||December 05, 2013||2mb||Download File|
Stroud District Council – Planning Strategy including the Stroud Local Plan
The Department for Communities and Local Government have published a set of resources that local Parishes will find further information regarding Neighbourhood Plans:
Further information can also be found here:
Neighbourhood plan working group – minutes
15th July 2013
13th August 2013
29th September 2013
25th October 2013
14th March 2014
11th April 2014
25th April 2014
9th May 2014
13th June 2014
27th June 2014
25th July 2014
28th August 2014
12th September 2014
25th September 2014
14th November 2014
27th November 2014
18th December 2014
8th January 2015
22nd January 2015
5th February 2015
5th March 2015
19th March 2015
2nd April 2015
16th April 2015
30th April 2015
14th May 2015
28th May 2015
11th June 2015
25th June 2015
9th July 2015
23rd July 2015
6th August 2015
20th August 2015
3rd September 2015
17th September 2015
1st October 2015
12th November 2015
26th November 2015
10th December 2015
7th January 2016
21st January 2016
4th February 2016
11th February 2016
25th February 2016
3rd March 2016
17th March 2016
31st March 2016
14th April 2016
28th April 2016
12th May 2016
24th May 2016
16th June 2016
30th June 2016
4th August 2016
1st September 2016
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5th October 2016
3rd November 2016
17th November 2016
1st December 2016
16th December 2016
12th January 2017
9th February 2017
30th March 2017
8th June 2017
21st September 2017
Agenda and supporting documents for upcoming meetings
Agenda for meeting 5th October 2017
Agenda for meeting 21st September 2017
Agenda for meeting 8th June 2017
Agenda for meeting 30th March 2017
Agenda for meeting 9th February 2017
Agenda for meeting 12th January 2017
Agenda for meeting 16th December 2016
Agenda for meeting 1st December 2016
Agenda for meeting 17th November 2016
Agenda for meeting 3rd November 2016
Agenda for meeting 5th October 2016
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Agenda for meeting 30th June 2016
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Agenda for meeting 10th December 2015
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