Stroud District Council planners to appear in BBC2 documentary series "The Planners"

First published in Gloucestershire Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , senior reporter covering Dursley, Cam, Wotton-under-Edge, Sharpness, Slimbridge, Berkeley, Coaley, Uley, North Nibley, Stinchcombe and Cambridge

A DOCUMENTARY series about Stroud District Council’s planners will be running for the next few weeks.

Planning officers will be under the microscope in the eight-part series on BBC2, called "The Planners", giving an insight into how they make important decisions affecting the lives of nearby residents.

The programme will start on Thursday, February 8, and will run on every Thursday after that.

Phil Skill, head of planning for Stroud District Council, said the film crew followed them during the summer of 2012 to understand how planners work.

"Whether it’s a household extension or a wind farm we’re looking at, the nature of what we do will often put us in the headlines," he said.

"The controversial decisions we are asked to make mean that people tend to have strong opinions about us, so it was a great to get the opportunity to show what really goes on behind the scenes and highlight some of the issues we face."

In the last episode, the controversial application for four wind-turbines in the Berkeley Vale, which was dismissed by Government inspectors last month, will be looked at.

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