Brailes Neighbourhood Plan has now been 'made'

Stratford-on-Avon District Council resolved that the Brailes Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' on 16th December 2019. It is now formally part of the District Council's development plan and will be used to assist in making decisions on planning applications within the area.

'Yes' vote at referendum

On Thursday 21 November 2019, voters in Brailes voted ‘yes' to the Neighbourhood Plan.

  • 88.78% ( 277 people) of those voting said ‘Yes'
  • 11.22% (35 people) of those voting said ‘No'
  • The turnout was 35.49%

Plan to Proceed to referendum

The Brailes Neighbourhood Plan was independently examined between March and May of 2019. The District Council received the Examiner's report on 9 May. The Examiner's report recommended that, subject to some proposed modifications, the plan should proceed to referendum. The District Council agreed with the Examiner's report and has endorsed the Plan to proceed to a referendum to be held on Thursday 21 November 2019.

The polling station will be at The Pavilion, rear of Brailes Village hall, Brailes, OX15 5AS.

The question on the ballot paper will be as follows:

“Do you want Stratford-on-Avon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Brailes to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

A number of documents (referred to as ‘specified documents' in the Neighbourhood Planning regulations) are listed below to assist voters.

Specified Documents

Independent Examiner's Report

Following completion of the Independent Examination of the Brailes Neighbourhood Plan, the Examiner issued her report to the District Council on 9th May this year and can be viewed below:

In accordance with paragraph 18 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), The Local Planning Authority must now consider what action to take in response to the recommendations of the Examiner and decide what modifications, if any, are to be made to the Plan in order for it to proceed to referendum.

Examiner's questions

The independent examiner for the Brailes and Winderton Neighbourhood Plan has carried out a preliminary review of the document and its evidence. The examiner has requested clarification from Brailes Parish Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council on a number of matters. These questions, and the responses sent to the examiner, are listed below.

Date of Examiner's letter Topics Responses
19 March 2019 Site Assessment Tool, Housing-related appendices, Local Green Spaces Brailes Parish Council
27 March 2019 Existing green spaces, dark sky policy, village centre, homeworking, Core Strategy

Brailes Parish Council

Stratford-on-Avon District Council (final question only)

04 April 2019 Policy SE4: More opportunities for home-working

Brailes Parish Council

05 April 2019 Policy H2: Allocating Sites To Meet Identified Local Housing Needs And Contribute To Meeting Potential Future Districtwide Housing Needs

Brailes Parish Council

Stratford District Council

Independent examination

Following completion of the Regulation 16 (Formal Submission) consultation in January this year, the Brailes and Winderton Neighbourhood Plan has now been sent for examination by an independent examiner.

Formal Submission consultation

In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Stratford District Council held a consultation on the Submission version of the Brailes and Winderton Neighbourhood Plan between 22 November 2018 and 24 January 2019.

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

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report

Supporting documents

Strategic Environmental Assessment

In accordance with Regulation 12 of Part 3 of The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004, an environmental report (known as a Strategic Environmental Assessment or SEA) was prepared to identify, describe and evaluate the likely significant effect of the Brailes and Winderton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) on environmental factors; suggest measures by which any adverse effects could be mitigated; make recommendations to improve the environmental performance of the Plan; and provide an opportunity for statutory consultees and interested parties to offer views on any aspect of the SEA process.

Regulation 13 of the above Regulations states that a SEA report shall be made available along with the draft Plan (draft plan is for information only) for the purposes of consultation (jointly known as ‘the relevant documents'). As such, a 5 week consultation period ran between 30 July and 3 September 2018 for comments to be received specifically in relation to the SEA Report.

A previous version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was consulted on during October and November of 2017. An earlier draft of the Brailes and Winderton NDP was also made available for information only.

Pre-Submission Draft consultation

The Pre-Submission Draft of the Brailes and Winderton Neighbourhood Plan was published for a six week period of consultation between 22 November 2016 and 17 January 2017 in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

Neighbourhood Area designation

The Brailes Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated by the cabinet on 16 June 2014. Brailes Priors 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 08/07/2022