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Consultation event seeks local views on new Wisloe sustainable community

Local people are being invited to find out more about plans for a new sustainable community set in the Gloucestershire countryside east of Slimbridge at a special event at the Slimbridge AFC Clubhouse on Friday 18 March.

Those with an interest in the proposals are being invited to the engagement event where they can meet the team behind the project and give their feedback on the Wisloe plans and how these could create a truly sustainable place for people to live and work. The project is being led by landowners Gloucestershire County Council and locally-based national education charity The Ernest Cook Trust.

Michael Birnie, Property Director at The Ernest Cook Trust said:

“We are delighted that the project team is hosting this engagement event, where they will share our plans for a new sustainable community in this beautiful part of Gloucestershire.

“I am proud of how the team have worked on this difficult task and have created a vision of a new community that is sensitively set within the distinctive landscape of the Severn Vale and respects existing communities.

“Whilst we have already had plenty of helpful feedback, we want to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to help shape the development. That's why everyone is invited to attend the event to share their thoughts on how this development can best serve local communities.”

The exhibition will showcase the masterplan for a community set around a new village green, with areas for a farm shop, community centre and café at its heart, along with a new primary school and nursery, and new spaces for businesses. Each new home within the community would be designed to reduce energy use, with low carbon heating and electric vehicle charging points, and a new bridge would provide a direct foot and cycle connection to Cam and Dursley Station.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, Cabinet Member for Finance and Change at Gloucestershire County Council, said:

“Sustainable communities like Wisloe are a key part of Gloucestershire County Council's vision for growth across the county.

“By working with The Ernest Cook Trust we have been able to set out these ambitious plans for a new sustainable community in the Severn Vale which balances quality of life for residents and neighbours with the unique biodiversity of this part of Gloucestershire.

“Now, we want to talk to local residents so that we can shape and refine our plans in a way which benefits neighbouring communities.”

The vision sees the community surrounded by wildlife-rich landscape, with existing hedgerows, streams and woodlands complemented by new woodland planting, meadows, wetlands and potential orchards and allotments, to improve biodiversity.

Join the conversation

Following the severe weather warnings in mid-February the drop in event was rescheduled to 18 March, offering the public a chance to give their views on plans for the proposed new community. The exhibition takes place at the Slimbridge AFC Clubhouse (Thornhill Park, Wisloe Road, Cambridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7AF) from 2pm to 7pm on Friday 18 March. In the meantime, our consultation pages are live at and feedback is welcome via our feedback form.

For those who are unable to attend in person, further information and details on how to provide feedback will be available at the project website The project team can also be contacted by emailing or phoning 0330 107 0535.


Help us shape the vision for a sustainable community at Wisloe. Find out more on our consultation pages, or email