This is the residual website of the Slad Valley Action Group. The group involved a number of local people who came together to defend the Slad Valley against an entirely inappropriate development on Baxter’s Fields, a group of fields that form a crucial part of the green wedge of land coming into Stroud from the beautiful Slad valley.
The fields were targeted by Gladman Developments who put in two separate planning applications on the fields, both for a substantial number of houses that would have utterly changed the character of the valley for worse. We argued that the proposals would irretrievably damage a valued landscape, harm important heritage buildings, create traffic chaos, and increase flood risk.
After an unprecedented level of objections the Stroud District Council turned down the application on the ground of landscape and heritage.
Gladman refused to accept the decision, despite the strong objections of Natural England and English Heritage and went to appeal. In May 2014, there was an 8 day appeal held in the Subscription Rooms and the Council Chamber. The Action Group together with the Real Slad Valley People Group were a party to the appeal and presented substantial evidence to support our case.
Two months later the Planning Inspector refused the appeal on the grounds of unacceptable impact on a valued landscape.
Gladman refused to accept the decision and immediately went to law to try to prove that the Planning Inspector’s decision was not justified. The court case was due to be heard in February but at the last minute Gladman withdrew. This means that the Planning Inspector’s Decision still stands.
We cannot be complacent, because Gladman still own the site - but any future planning application for that land will have a major challenge because of the Planning Inspector’s decision.
The Slad Valley Action Group is no longer campaigning, but we will maintain this web presence in case the battle starts again, and you can contact the group by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.