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Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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Planning Policy

The main responsibility of Planning Policy is the production of plans that manage future development across Stratford-on-Avon District – how much is needed and where it should take place - while protecting our environment and heritage.

CIL - Further Consultation
The District Council is consulting until 9 December 2016 on updated evidence and 'sensitivity testing' to inform the CIL Submission Charging Schedule prior to reopening the CIL Examination on 19 December 2016. Visit the CIL Examination page for more information.

Kineton Neighbourhood Development Plan has now been 'made' on 24 October 2016 by resolution of the District Council. It is Stratford District's second adopted Neighbourhood Plan. Visit our Kineton Neighbourhood Plan page for more information about the plan.

Five Year Housing Supply
As of 31 March 2016, you can view a calculation summary for the 5-year housing supply on our 5 Year Housing Supply page - this page also provides more information about the supply as well as the schedule of quarterly permissions.

The Development Plan

The Development Plan is the name for the collection of development plan documents (DPDs) that shape development and manage land use in Stratford district. It contains the policies and proposals against which planning applications are determined. Currently, the adopted Core Strategy (as of 11 July 2016) is the Development Plan for the district.

This is the primary strategic policy document which sets the vision for the district and broad locations for growth and strategic allocations to 2031. Although the 2011 Localism Act reverted back to the term 'Local Plan', the Council has chosen to continue with separate DPDs all of which are subject to independent public examination. In addition to the Core Strategy Local Plan and accompanying Policies Map these are:

  • Site Allocations Plan - a site specific policy document to allocate land for development and identify settlement boundaries
  • Gypsy and Traveller Local Plan - a site specific policy document to allocate land for Gypsy and Traveller pitches and plots for Travelling Showpeople
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - CIL Charging Schedule to levy a charge on development to fund the provision of necessary infrastructure

The council is also preparing a number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) to provide more detailed advice and guidance on policies set out in the Local Plan/DPDs. For more infomation and an indicative timetable view the Local Development Scheme

The Localism Act also introduced Neighbourhood Plans - town and parish councils in the Stratford district can produce plans for their area identifying where the community thinks new development should be built. Neighbourhood Plans adopted at a referendum become part of the Development Plan for the district.

Local planning policies have to be consistent with national legislation and guidance. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) can be viewed via the Planning Portal. This is a national one-stop shop service covering all aspects of the planning system.

For further information: please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260321 or email planning.policy@stratford-dc.gov.uk