Stroud District Council Statement of Community Involvement

Stroud District Council has approved a draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for public consultation,

The SCI sets out our strategy for community involvement in the planning process. It sets out the ways in which we will inform, engage and consult people when we are formulating planning policies and considering planning applications and how we will give feed back to the community on the results.

If you would like to respond, please email the Planning Strategy Team at with your comments or send them to: Statement of Community Involvement consultation, Planning Strategy Team, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Westward Road, Stroud GL5 4UB by 18 January 2019.

Stroud District Local Plan Review: Emerging Strategy Public Consultation

The Stroud District Local Plan was adopted in November 2015 and sets out a planning strategy for distributing development within the District and policies for protecting and conserving the natural and built environment. The current Plan covers the period to 2031.

The District Council started reviewing the current Local Plan in 2017. This consultation paper sets out the Council’s emerging strategy for meeting development needs over the next 20 years but also highlights other options. The purpose of this consultation is to understand:-

  • Have we identified the main issues and needs relating to the places you live, work or visit in Stroud District?
  • Do you support the potential strategy for addressing these issues and meeting future development needs? Or do you support an alternative approach?

There are public exhibitions around the District during the consultation period. This will provide an opportunity to chat to officers working on the Local Plan review. Times and venues can be found on the webpage

Further information on the Local Plan Review and the consultation is available at To respond to the consultation, please complete the online survey available on the Local Plan Review webpage. Please respond by 18 January 2019.

Gloucestershire County Council Budget Consultation

Gloucestershire County Council’s budget 2019/20 consultation is now live for Gloucestershire residents, community groups and organisations to have their say.

In the coming 12 months the Council wants to focus on protecting the most vulnerable in the county, and invest in better roads.  In the draft 2019/20 budget they propose to invest £11m into children’s services as part of a £15m overall revenue budget increase and further capital investment of £179m for schools, community facilities and highways.

You can find the consultation and information on the proposals at The consultation is open until 5pm on 21 January 2019.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan Consultation

This is a stakeholder consultation on the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Gloucestershire. Gloucestershire County Council is looking for your feedback on the evidence they have built to inform proposals in the ‘CSV Cycling Infrastructure Plan’ and the ‘CSV Walking Infrastructure Plan’.  It is intended that the schemes proposed will be included in the Local Transport Plan review for public consultation later in 2019.

You will need to review the Supporting documents before you start the survey. You can make your comments at by 21 February 2019.

Voluntary Safeguarding Code of Practice for Out Of School Settings & Guidance for Parents

The Department for Education is consulting to inform the development and dissemination of a draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school settings (OOSS); and accompanying guidance for parents setting out the key questions they may wish to consider when choosing an out-of-school setting for their child.

When referring to OOSS, we mean any institution which provides tuition, training, instruction, or activities to children in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision, that is not a:

  • School;
  • College;
  • 16-19 academy;
  • Provider caring for children under 8 years old which is registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency.

Take part at The consultation is open until 24 February 2019.

Mental health campaign in Gloucestershire

Healthwatch Gloucestershire has launched a campaign to find out about people’s experiences of mental health services in the county in a bid to help improve support for patients.

Over 25% of all feedback given to Healthwatch Gloucestershire is about accessing or using mental health services and they have launched a three-month engagement campaign to gather more feedback.

All Gloucestershire residents can take part but Healthwatch Gloucestershire are keen to hear from people who currently use or have used mental health services in the last two years; relatives or unpaid carers of those using, or have used mental health services or support. Have your say or find out more. The consultation is open until 16 March 2019.