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Our parking system is currently undergoing essential maintenance to improve the service we provide. As a result, the following services are currently unavailable via that system:

  • Payments
  • Appeals

We are working to ensure full availability is restored as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience in this matter and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

For urgent enquiries, please call our office on 01789 267575.

Bidford-on-Avon Neighbourhood Plan

Plan to proceed to Referendum

Bidford Bridge

The Bidford-on-Avon Neighbourhood Plan was independently examined during September and October 2016. Following the examiner's report of 31 October 2016 (see ‘Specified Documents' below for electronic copy), the parish council asked Stratford District Council to consider alternative modifications to those suggested by the examiner. After receiving legal advice, district council officers agreed to a number of amendments to the examiner's modifications. To comply with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, Stratford District Council publicised these amendments between 16 December 2016 and 3 February 2017. Further minor modifications were proposed in the light of responses to this consultation. The Cabinet voted on 8 May 2017 to proceed to referendum with the Plan, as amended by the modifications set out in the decision statement below.

Referendum Details

The question asked in the referendum will be as follows:

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

The referendum will take place on 29 June 2017.

The polling stations are:

  • The Crawford Memorial Hall, Salford Road, Bidford-on-Avon, B50 4EZ
  • Broom Village Hall, High Street, Broom, B50 4HJ

The Neighbourhood Plan and other background documents (referred to as ‘specified documents') are available via the links below:

The Specified Documents

Publicising a Proposed Decision that differs from that recommended by the Examiner

The Local Planning Authority (LPA) received the Examiner's report on the Submission Version of the Bidford-on-Avon NDP and decided what action to take in response to each of the recommended modifications set out in the report.

In a number of instances, the LPAs decision differs from those recommended by the Examiner. In accordance with Regulation 17A of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) and Development Management Procedure (Amendment) Regulations 2016, the proposed amendments to the recommended modifications must be consulted on for a minimum 6 week period, inviting representations from organisations and individuals on the changes which are summarised in the schedule below.

The consultation closed on 3 February 2017.

Additional Consultation

The Examiner of the Bidford-on-Avon NDP asked the Council to carry out a further 2 week targeted consultation with anyone who made representations at the Regulation 16 consultation stage. This is due to the fact that the Bidford-on-Avon Neighbourhood Plan's Formal Submission consultation period (30 June – 12 August 2016) coincided with the adoption of the District Council's Core Strategy on 11 July 2016. This represented a material change in circumstances. The Core Strategy now forms part of the Development Plan for Stratford-on-Avon District.

The consultation closed on Friday 23 September, no revised or additional comments were received and the examiner has been informed.


Following completion of the formal submission consultation on the draft neighbourhood development plan, the plan together with the associated consultation documents, schedule of responses and list of evidence base documents were sent to the Independent Examiner - Anne Skippers on 11 August 2015.

Formal Submission Consultation

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council as the qualifying body prepared a neighbourhood development plan, the Bidford-on-Avon Neighbourhood Development Plan Submission Version to 2031, for their parish with the help of the local community. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally. The Parish Council formally submitted its plan to Stratford-on-Avon District Council for consultation Council 23 June - 5 August 2016.

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

SEA Screening Report

Supporting Documents

Basic Conditions Statement - June 2016
Consultation Statement - June 2016 and the following appendices:

Appendix 2 - Initial Surveys - Dec 2014 - Mar 2015

  • Parish questionnaire - Dec 2014
  • Business questionnaire results - Jan 2015
  • Household questionnaire results - January 2015
  • Analysis of site allocations
  • Minutes of meeting 3 Mar 2015 when results were considered

Appendix 3 - Draft Policies Consultation - May-July 2015

  • Consultation on draft policies - 25 May 2015-6 July 2015
  • Responses to consultation on draft policies - May 2015
  • Minutes of meeting - 9 July 2015
  • Minutes of meeting - 29 July 2015

Appendix 4 - Pre-Submission Draft Policy Consultation - Sept-Nov 2015

  • Pre-submission Draft Policy Consultation 24 Sep 2015-6 Nov 2015
  • Press advertisement - 24 Sep 2015
  • Summary of third party comments and responses
  • Summary of SDC comments and responses

Submission Draft Consultation Notice - June 2016

Meeting Basic Conditions Representations at this stage should address whether or not the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan meets the basic conditions and other matters that an independent examiner is required to consider.

Bidford-on-Avon NDP Pre-Submission Draft Consultation

Bidford-on-Avon Pre-submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan was published for a six week period of consultation 24 September to 6 November 2015

  • The Pre-submission Draft Plan and supporting documents are available on the Bidford-on-Avon PC website

Neighbourhood Area Designation

The Bidford-on-Avon Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated by the District Council Cabinet on 10 February 2014 Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council was the relevant body that applied to the District Council for designation. The Area Application documents can be found below:

For further information please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260320 or email planning.policy@stratford-dc.gov.uk
This page can be viewed directly via www.stratford.gov.uk/bidfordnp