Status of older guidance documents

The below documents pre-date the adoption of our Core Strategy in July 2016. The documents may therefore make reference to our previous development plan, the Local Plan Review of 2006. They will continue to be taken into account until they are superseded by newer documents.

Defining Built-Up Area Boundaries (BUABs)

These guidelines were defined in Annexe Three of the District Local Plan Review in July 2006 and used to revise the BUABs for the Core Strategy Policies Maps. Neighbourhood Plan Steering Groups are also advised to use the guidelines when defining BUABs in their plans.

Cotswolds AONB Management Plan

A small part of the south of Stratford-on-Avon district is covered by the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The AONB is managed by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, an independent statutory body that works to:

  • conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, and
  • increase the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the AONB.

Local authorities have scope to endorse guidance published by a body such as an AONB committee and thereby afford a weight to the document equivalent to that of other supplementary documents.

The Conservation Board published a management plan in March 2013. This was endorsed by our Cabinet in September 2013.

A new management plan was published in December 2018 and endorsed by Cabinet in February 2019.

Stratford-on-Avon District Design Guide

We adopted comprehensive design guidance for developers in September 2000, focused on maintaining the distinctive, local qualities of the district.

This was accompanied by a Character Map of the district and a guide to Character and Design.

Urban Design Framework for Stratford-upon-Avon

The District Council worked with Warwickshire County Council and other key stakeholders such as the Stratford Town Management Partnership and Advantage West Midlands to produce a comprehensive 'Urban Design Framework' for Stratford-upon-Avon town in July 2007. The document provides an overall framework for development and improvement of the town in terms of the built environment, public realm and transport. It suggests key changes that are needed to help the town achieve our aspirations for it to be a world class destination consistent with the town's international reputation.

Stratford-upon-Avon High Street Study

The Stratford-upon-Avon High Street Study is a material consideration to inform planning applications affecting Stratford's High Street. We also expect that the principles in the document will be applied to Stratford-upon-Avon town centre as a whole. It sets out a framework of works to enhance the 'public realm'. The High Street Study was adopted in November 2009.

Meeting Housing Needs

The Meeting Housing Needs SPD provided detailed guidance on the implementation of housing related policies in the District Local Plan Review 2006. It aimed to boost the supply of affordable housing, secure the effective delivery and implementation of housing developments, and improve the sustainability of new housing. It was adopted in 2008.

Stratford-upon-Avon - Design in Residential Areas

We undertook a study of several residential areas in Stratford-upon-Avon to identify the significant features and characteristics of the built environment. It includes minor alterations to the Stratford-upon-Avon conservation area boundary. General principles and area-specific design guidance were adopted in July 2005.

Extending Your Home

This planning advice note provides guidance for people who want to extend a residential property. It was adopted in April 2008.

Harbury Cement Works Masterplan

Policy CTY.20 of the Stratford-on-Avon District Local Plan Review 2006 identified the former cement works site as being suitable for a mixed use development. Working jointly with a range of partners, including the site owners and representatives of the local communities, the council produced a masterplan supplementary planning document. This sought to address the issues raised by the redevelopment of the site and provides a framework for determining the suitability of detailed proposals in the future. We adopted the document in December 2007.

Harbury Cement Works is listed as a Large Rural Brownfield Site under Policy AS.11 in the Core Strategy.

Car and Cycle Parking Standards

This document sets out detailed parking standards for all forms of development across the district. It was adopted in April 2007.

NB. The Car Parking Standards are out of date for residential developments and are no longer applicable. New standards will be set in the forthcoming Development Requirements SPD.

Provision of Open Space

In February 2005 we adopted guidelines for assessing the open space requirement on development sites in Stratford-upon-Avon and the Main Rural Centres. A methodology was also provided for calculating the level of financial contribution towards off-site provision in cases where provision is not made on site.

Planning for Farm Diversification

In July 2005 we approved an informal guidance note advising farmers on how to bring forward schemes to diversify their activities and highlighting issues that need to be addressed in the consideration of planning applications.

Lorries in the Vale of Evesham

In November 2001 Stratford District Council, Cotswold District Council and Wychavon District Council adopted guidance to control the location of new development and the expansion of existing businesses that would generate additional HGV movements in the Vale of Evesham. This is a material consideration in assessing development proposals in the area shown on this plan.

Stratford-upon-Avon Waterfront Masterplan

We worked with Warwickshire County Council to produce a masterplan setting out a design-led vision for the future of the Waterfront public realm in the context of proposals for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This was adopted as informal guidance in December 2003.

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Last updated on 14/02/2019

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