What we're doing
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 as part of a sustainable community that creates opportunities for local people. As organisations with strong links to communities in the area, we are committed to collaborating with local people so that any proposals for a new community at Wisloe bring benefits for you.
Our aspiration is for:
  • An innovative approach to sustainability – we’re exploring how we can raise the standard of sustainable development, in line with garden community principles, to meet Stroud District Council’s carbon neutral targets and enable existing and future residents to live as sustainably as possible
  • A garden community of around 1,500 new homes
  • Better connections between existing villages, towns, cities and destinations; including encouraging walking and cycling and improved public transport
  • A new primary school, nursery, community facilities, green spaces, shops and a café
  • Spaces for businesses and new employment opportunities
  • A design that complements the local area and the surrounding countryside and protects the identity of existing villages
  • The right supportive infrastructure
  • A neighbourhood of green spaces for the enjoyment of the community that connect with the wider landscape, and enhances biodiversity

The site

The land owned by The Ernest Cook Trust and Gloucestershire County Council is to the east of Slimbridge. It is sandwiched between the M5 and the Bristol Road (A38) with the railway line at the southern boundary.

The site is about 9 miles from Stroud, 14 miles from Gloucester and 24 miles from Bristol.

Villages and hamlets punctuate the surrounding countryside – much of which is managed by The Ernest Cook Trust as part of its Slimbridge Estate. A key consideration is to keep the new community at Wisloe separate from existing settlements.

The world renowned WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre on the banks of the River Severn is around 3 miles away and the Cotswolds begin to the east of the site.

Indicative timeline
Workshop and community consultation eventsSummer/Autumn 2019
LHC Design - the project masterplanners - begin developing a concept planSummer 2020
Website and newsletter launch the next stage of the conversation and consultation on a concept planEarly 2021
Consultation on a masterplanSpring 2021 (delayed to summer 2021)
Further ongoing consultation as the masterplan is refinedOngoing from Summer 2021
Consultation through the planning application process2023/2024
The development of a new community at Wisloe2030 onwards
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