Cabinet approves Public Open Space proposal

Press Release

Published on 9 November 2020


On Monday 9 November, Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Cabinet recommended to Council a proposal to look after new Public Open Space across the district.

Over the last few years, the number of new housing developments approved in Stratford-on-Avon district has significantly increased together with the amount of new public open space provided.

Concerns have been raised by many residents within these new developments relating to the 'hidden' charges levied by the private management companies appointed by the developers to maintain the public open space.

Cllr Christopher Kettle, Community Portfolio says: "The District Council has listened to the concerns raised by residents about the 'hidden charges' and quality of the maintenance work carried out in these public open spaces.  Cabinet has taken a decision, subject to Council approval, that from 1 January 2021 in the event that a Town or Parish Council decides not to take ownership of the public open space, the District Council will take ownership and responsibility for the land.

"This new policy will eliminate the risk of future 'fleecehold' charges being levied on householders and it will also improve the quality of public open space within new developments."


Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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