Released on 6 August 2019 Press Release
Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Planning department is winning the battle against planning appeals.
Since January 2018 through to June 2019, there has been a very clear trend of a decreasing number of appeals allowed and an increasing number of appeals which have been dismissed.
The improvement has been achieved through a greater understanding and application of core strategy policies by officers and Planning Committees over these months. The existence of a robust five year supply of housing which is being delivered is also invaluable in defending appeals for residential applications.
The total number of appeals since January 2018 until July 2019 is 150 and in the first seven months of 2019 there have been 45 appeals dismissed and only 12 allowed. This compares favourably to the same period last year when 26 appeals were allowed and 24 were dismissed
Cllr Sarah Whalley-Hoggins, Community Portfolio says: "This is definitely a welcome trend for the district and shows the importance of having an adopted Core Strategy and a strong and up-to-date five year land supply, with both policies being instrumental in defending appeals against developers. It is also a reflection of the high calibre team that the District Council has in place.
"The District Council is determined to build the right homes in the right places for our communities and we will continue to fight speculative development on sites which are not the most suitable or preferred, whilst ensuring that there is appropriate housing growth."
Information sheet - Planning Performance Appeals 2018-19
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575