Published: Thursday, 21st January 2016
The master plan for a new settlement providing over 1,300 homes west of Stonehouse, Gloucestershire has been given the go ahead by Stroud District Council.
The development will see the creation of a series of interlinked neighbourhoods between Stonehouse and Eastington, stretching north and west from Oldends to the hamlets of Nupend and Nastend.
With plans for up to 1,350 homes built over 98 hectares the proposals are almost twice the size of the largest single development in the district.
The outline approval, recommended by officials, will now effectively see the creation of a new town a few miles from Stroud.
The site was earmarked for housing in Stroud’s recently adopted local plan and will be developed by Robert Hitchins Ltd and Redrow Homes Ltd.
A spokesman for Robert Hitchins said: “We know this development has been controversial and we appreciate the difficult decisions which councillors have had to make in reaching this point.“
The development will include a new primary school, children’s play area, open spaces for recreation, a sport pavilion and new parking, footpaths and cycle lanes.
A new local hub will also see the creation of shops, utilities, a community hall and a health centre. The homes will include a mix of sizes, designs and tenures, with 30 per cent as affordable housing.
Nine hectares of employment land will also be made available as well as new main roads from Grove Lane, Oldends Lane and Brunel Way. This includes proposals to widen roundabouts and revamp the A419 to help ease congestion.