Plan to proceed to referendum

The Council has accepted the examiner's recommended modifications on the Alcester Neighbourhood Plan and issued the decision that the plan should proceed to referendum. Due to current circumstances, it is not possible to estimate at the present time when a referendum could be held.

However, due to amendments made by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to Planning Practice Guidance, the Plan now has significant weight in the planning decision making process. A copy of the referendum version of the Plan is available below:

Examiner's Report

Following completion of the independent examination of the Alcester Neighbourhood Development Plan, the examiner issued his report to the District Council in January 2020.

Examiner's Questions

The examiner asked for clarification from Alcester Town Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council on a number of matters following a preliminary review of the document and its evidence base. The letter can be viewed below.

The response of Alcester Town Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council to the Examiner's initial questions is provided in the following document.

The following documents also form part of Alcester Town Council's response, and are referenced in the above response.


Following completion of the Regulation 16 (Formal Submission) consultation in July this year, the Alcester Neighbourhood Plan was sent for examination by an independent examiner. The Examiner's letter confirming how he intends to conduct the Examination can be read below.

Formal Submission consultation

In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Stratford-on-Avon District Council held a public consultation on the Submission Draft of the Alcester Neighbourhood Development Plan prior to its submission for Independent Examination. The consultation ran from 30 May until 5.00pm on Friday 12 July 2019.

The Submission Draft Plan and associated consultation documents can be viewed below:

Supporting Documents

Consultation Statement Appendices

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)

Pre-Submission Draft consultation

The Pre-Submission Draft of the Alcester Neighbourhood Plan was published for a six week period of consultation between 29 September 2018 and 16 November 2018 in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

Neighbourhood Area designation

The Alcester Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated on 13 January 2014. Alcester Parish Council was the relevant body that applied to the District Council for designation. The area application documents can be found below:

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Last updated on 09/04/2020