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SDC will also accept letters referencing the questionnaire - below is a suggestion from one residents group - I would urge using your own words where possible - the online questionnaire takes a fair bit of time to complete but I would strongly urge people to make a submission. It is good to see that the Town Council have also been doing lots to raise this issue - and neighbouring District Councillor Andy Reed has blogged here on the threat to Callowell.
I am broadly in agreement with the Core Strategy but with the following reservations:
Ref. Question Q8.1 Do you agree with the Stroud Valleys ‘mini vision’?
A. Yes but with reservations: I am concerned about 'edge of settlement' development on the greenfield sites of Callowell Farm, and Grange Fields. 100-300 homes accommodated on these sites would be disastrous for Stroud - for many reasons including: a negative affect on the anticipated growth in tourism, greatly increased traffic burden on already congested roads in Stroud town, the loss of distinctiveness for the villages of Whiteshill and Ruscombe through increased urban sprawl encroachment. These sites together with the other key greenfield sites e.g. Ruscombe Valley, Wades Farm, Slad Valley, Rodborough Fields, form the distinctive landscape setting for Stroud - “the valuable ‘green horizons’ that are visible from within the urban areas”, and must be protected against further development.
Ref. Question Q10.1 Stroud Valleys – sites, opportunities and needs
A. Yes but with reservations: my reasons are the same as Q8.1 above.
Ref Question Q11.1 Stroud Valleys– level of housing growth 300-800 homes
A. Yes but with reservations: Provided only brownfield sites and suitable locations within valley bottoms are developed sensitively.