Published on 29 October 2020
Stratford-on-Avon District Council has commenced a seven-week public consultation on the Preferred Options version of its Site Allocations Plan.
The Council is responsible for preparing Plans that will shape the future of the District by identifying sites for future development. These Plans also contain policies that the Council will use to judge planning applications. The Site Allocations Plan is an additional Plan that will sit alongside the existing Core Strategy and will enable residents, businesses and communities to know where new development may occur in the future.
The Plan includes a range of proposals across the District relating to:
The consultation runs from Thursday 29 October to Friday 18 December 2020.
Cllr Daren Pemberton, Deputy Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Place Portfolio Holder says: "This consultation is the latest stage in the preparation of the Site Allocations Plan which will be an important element of the District's Development Plan once adopted.
"It is really important that residents make their views known about the issues important to them on specific sites. We also want to hear your views about how any of the proposals could be improved.
"This Council listens to public consultations, they are key to our decision making. In addition Government Planning Inspectors always look for evidence of public consultation when considering local plans and which sites to allow to come forward for development. So now is the time to make your voice heard."
He went on to say: "This plan, once adopted, will be another tool in our armoury to ensure development is appropriate for our needs and happens where our residents need it not just where developers want it.
"Our current overall Core Strategy plan is robust and we now have a 7.08 year housing land supply (Government requires a minimum of 5years). This put us in a good place to resist speculative developments in unsuitable locations."
How to View the Consultation
The best way to view the consultation documents is online at www.stratford.gov.uk/sappo. This webpage also includes a number of short videos explaining in greater detail the proposals within the consultation. Maps are also available for each settlement so that you can easily identify which site proposal potentially affects your property. A summary leaflet is also available.
Subject to changing restrictions resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, it is also available to view at the District Council offices (Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday) and at main public libraries across the District. Copies of the document can also be purchased from the District Council.
Whilst it is not possible to hold face-to-face public consultation events due to the pandemic, the District Council will be hosting a number of live online question and answer sessions throughout the consultation period to enable residents to ask any questions. Visit www.stratford.gov.uk/sappo to find out more and join one of the sessions.
How to Comment
Information on how to comment is included within the Plan itself, in the summary leaflet and on the website at www.stratford.gov.uk/sappo. By responding to this consultation you will have the opportunity to have your say on the content of the Plan before it is finalised.
What happens next?
Preparing the Plan is not a one-off event and there are a number of stages to its preparation. Preferred Options is essentially the draft stage. There will be further consultation on the final draft (Proposed Submission version) next year before the Plan is submitted to the Government for examination to check that it is fit for purpose.
Comments must be received by the District Council by 5pm on Friday 18 December 2020.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575