Rooksmoor Mills

  • Location

    Stroud

  • Client

    Rooksmoor Mills

  • Value

    c£11m

  • Size

    1ha

51 residential units and replacement retail/retail workshop units on a former mill site

Reflecting a lapsed planning permission scheme, our Town Planning team secured consent for 51 residential units and replacement retail/retail workshop units on this former mill site. The site lies immediately adjacent to the Cotswold AONB and is within the Stroud Industrial Heritage Conservation Area. A number of listed buildings are situated close to the site. Part of it was outside the development boundary but had great potential for housing.

The majority of the site had been developed with a range of former mill buildings but only a single vehicular access off the A46. The Nailsworth stream passes under part of the site and a partially infilled mill pond is present in the southern end. The Stroud Valley pedestrian cycle trail runs along the west boundary of the site on a low embankment.

We organised a series of new technical assessments by other consultants and undertook a community consultation exercise, heritage assessment and sequential test ourselves to justify development of the site.

Planning policy required a mixed development with a significant employment component. A lengthy period of negotiation occurred before and after the planning submission. In view of the uncertain market conditions the hybrid application incorporated detailed components within the context of an outline.  We negotiated a development which was approved subject to a section 106 agreement, but without affordable housing in view of viability issues.