Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council are working together to prepare a new Local Plan for South Warwickshire. The Plan is expected to replace the strategic policies of the existing Stratford-on-Avon Core Strategy and Warwick Local Plan which both run to 2031. The South Warwickshire Local Plan will set out a long-term spatial strategy for housing, jobs, infrastructure and climate change for both Districts.
The full timetable for the preparation of the South Warwickshire Plan is still to be agreed. However, work is progressing with the first stages of plan preparation with the expectation of a first Scoping and Initial Options public consultation April-May 2021.
A joint Member Advisory Group has been established to steer and drive forward the preparation of the South Warwickshire Local Plan. Cllrs Alan Boad and Trevor Harvey have been appointed joint chairmen. The preparation of the South Warwickshire Local Plan is the responsibility of Cllr Daren Pemberton, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Place at Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Cllr John Cooke, Portfolio Holder for Development Services at Warwick District Council.
It is also proposed that a single South Warwickshire Executive Committee comprising Cabinet Members from Stratford-on-Avon District and Executive Members from Warwick District Council is established to be the decision-making body for the South Warwickshire Local Plan. This committee would also make recommendations to the respective full Councils as appropriate. Importantly, both councils at their full meetings of councillors will need to agree to the South Warwickshire Local Plan in order for the plan to progress.
View the South Warwickshire Plan report from October 2020 agreeing to prepare the South Warwickshire Plan:
Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council have also issued a Joint Statement outlining the commitment to work collaboratively.
The preparation of the South Warwickshire Local Plan will be informed by input from a wide range of stakeholders across South Warwickshire. Sessions involving infrastructure and service providers, local organisations, parish councils, developers and statutory bodies will take place at various stages throughout the preparation of the plan.
The presentations from the sessions can be seen below:
View the FAQs to answer any queries about the South Warwickshire Local Plan.
If you would like to be kept informed about the progress of the South Warwickshire Local Plan and have your details added to the policy consultation databases of either or both councils , please do so in the following ways
If you would like to discuss the emerging South Warwickshire Plan please contact either of the Council's Planning Policy Teams: