Stratford-upon-Avon Neighbourhood Plan

Independent examiner's report

Following completion of the independent examination of the Stratford-upon-Avon Neighbourhood Plan, the examiner issued her report to the District Council on 6 April 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.

Independent examination

Following completion of the Regulation 16 (Formal Submission) consultation in July this year, the Stratford-upon-Avon Neighbourhood Plan was sent for independent examination. A schedule of consultation responses can be viewed below:

Below is a letter produced by the qualifying body in response to some of the comments received through the Regulation 16 consultation. This letter has been forward to the appointed independent examiner for her consideration:

At the request of the independent examiner, a two week targeted consultation has been undertaken specifically for those who submitted representations through the Regulation 16 consultation on the NDP. This was to provide an opportunity to comment on the contents of the Reg.16 response from the qualifying body. A schedule of the further consultation responses can be viewed below:

Formal Submission consultation

Stratford-on-Avon Town Council have formally submitted their Neighbourhood Plan. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the town and planning policies to be used to help make decisions on planning applications within the parish. Stratford-on-Avon District Council organised a public consultation on the document. The consultation closed on 7 July 2017.

The Plan and associated consultation documents can be viewed below:

Stratford-on-Avon Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

Figures and maps

Basic Conditions Statement

Consultation Statement

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Evidence documents

Strategic Environmental Assessment consultation

SEA Consultation closed 7 November 2016

The Stratford-upon-Avon Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Steering Group submitted an updated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) prior to formally submitting the Submission Draft of the NDP. We made the SEA document available for public comment.

An SEA identifies, describes and evaluates the likely significant effects of the NDP on environmental factors. It suggests measures by which any adverse effects could be mitigated, makes recommendations to improve the environmental performance of the plan, and provides an opportunity for statutory consultees and interested parties to offer views on any aspect of the SEA process.

Pre-Submission draft

Consultation closed 27 July 2015

The pre-submission draft and more information about the progress of the NDP can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon Neighbourhood Plan website.

Neighbourhood Area designation

The neighbourhood plan area for Stratford-upon-Avon and the former parish of Old Stratford and Drayton was originally approved by our Cabinet in January 2013. The updated plan area (due to boundary changes) was approved by our cabinet on 20 May 2013. Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council was the relevant body that applied to the District Council for designation. The revised Area Application documents can be found below:

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Last updated on 13/08/2018

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