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About Wisloe

Land owned by The Ernest Cook Trust and Gloucestershire County Council offers an opportunity to meet the real, pressing need for high-quality new homes in the Stroud District. We want to create a sustainable community that meets this need but also bring benefits for those who already live in the area.

Our masterplan includes:

  • A community of around 1,500 new homes, including affordable housing in three neighbourhoods – Wisloe Village, Lighten Brook and River Cam Edge.
  • Putting sustainability at the heart of Wisloe – from how homes are designed to enabling people to live, work and travel sustainably.
  • A new primary school and nursery.
  • Improved connections between villages, towns, cities and destinations – routes for walking, cycling and improved public transport.
  • Space for businesses and new employment opportunities.
  • Community facilities, green spaces, shops and a café.
  • A design that complements and respects the local area and surrounding countryside.
  • Open to the public, with green space for the community to use and enjoy.

The Wisloe site

Our proposals for Wisloe are for a new sustainable community set in the Gloucestershire countryside east of Slimbridge, on land currently owned by The Ernest Cook Trust and Gloucestershire County Council. The site lies between the M5 and the Bristol Road (A38) with the railway line at the southern boundary.

The site is about six miles west of Stroud, 11 miles south of Gloucester and 21 miles from the centre of Bristol. The surrounding countryside – much of which is managed by The Ernest Cook Trust as part of its Slimbridge Estate - consists of a number of distinctive villages and hamlets. A key consideration of our work is to ensure the new community at Wisloe remains separate from existing settlements.

Slimbridge is perhaps most famous as the world renowned WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre which sits on the banks of the River Severn around two miles to the west of the Wisloe site, and the Cotswold escarpment begins to rise in the countryside roughly two miles to the east and south east.

Indicative timeline

Workshop and community consultation events

Summer/Autumn 2019

LHC Design - the project masterplanners - begin developing a concept plan

Summer 2020

Website and newsletter launch the next stage of the conversation and consultation on a concept plan

Early 2021

Ongoing consultation as the masterplan is refined

Early 2022

Consultation through the planning application process


The development of a new community at Wisloe

2030 onwards