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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.

Latest News - May 2015

Informal Consultation - Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath - draft Supplementary Planning Document.


  • Examination Hearing Sessions concluded 29 January 2015
  • Inspector's INTERIM REPORT - Received 19 March 2015
  • NEW - Timescale for further work

5 Year Housing Land Supply - REVISED position at 31 December 2014

Development Plan

The Development Plan forms the starting point for the determination of planning applications. Currently, the Development Plan for Stratford District comprises the saved policies of the District Local Plan Review 2006.

  • The West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) set strategic planning policy for the West Midlands Region. As of May 2013 the RSS has been revoked and its policies are no longer part of the planning process.
  • Similarly, the former Warwickshire Structure Plan saved policies have also been revoked in May 2013 and are no longer part of the planning process.

The Development Plan is supported by a range of Supplementary Guidance produced by the District Council. This is particularly useful for prospective applicants and developers.

Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the District Council is now preparing a Local Development Framework. This will look different to the old-style Local Plan as it will consist of a series of documents, each one having a different scope and purpose. But it will have the same objective of setting planning policy for the District and providing the basis for considering planning applications.

The first document being prepared is known as the Core Strategy. This will establish the long-term vision for the District, the key objectives and the policies for achieving them. The latest situation on the Core Strategy can be viewed from the link at the top of this page.

A list of planning policy publications and related documents produced or commissioned by the District Council can be downloaded for information.

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