Stanley Mill, Stroud District Council

Proposals for the redevelopment of Stanley Mill in Stroud gained unanimous support from Stroud District Council's planning committee.

The proposals included the conversion of listed buildings to residential use, community/commercial space and the erection of new build dwellings, giving a total number of 135 dwellings. This was an important project in terms of safeguarding local jobs, supporting a local business and ensuring the long-term future of Grade I & Grade II listed buildings.

The conversion allowed the existing factory to relocate to a new, purpose-built facility on site, ensuring the long-term success of a local business.

Engage Planning worked with Gladedale Special Projects and Marlings Ltd to undertake pre-application community consultation.

We organised site visits for local councillors, the local parish council and the town council as well as a residents’ workshop for those directly affected by the proposals. A public exhibition, together with an opportunity to tour the existing buildings, enabled local residents to understand the proposals in detail, to talk to the project team and to leave their comments.

In response to issues raised during consultation, Gladedale Special Projects and Marlings Ltd were able to amend the proposals to ensure the scheme that went to committee addressed as many issues as possible.

One of these changes was made as a result of discussions with local heritage groups, who wanted to see the internal architecture protected from development. This issue was addressed by reducing the number of apartments in order to allow an entire floor to be left open so that the original features of the building could be enjoyed.

In summary, the success at planning committee was a result of:

  • Early pre-application consultation with key local councillors, local groups and residents.
  • Clear explanation of the background to the proposals and the reasons for the application.
  • A willingness to adapt the proposals in light of comment from local groups.